- To hinder is defined as to restrain or hold something back.
- An example of to hinder is to block an entrance with barriers.
- An example of to hinder is to hold someone's arm to keep them from going through a door.
hinder definition by Webster's New World
- to keep back; restrain; get in the way of; prevent; stop
- to make difficult for; thwart; impede; frustrate
Origin: Middle English hindren ; from Old English hindrian, literally , to keep or hold back (akin to German hindern) ; from base of hinder
Origin: Middle English hindre ; from Old English adv. hinder, back, behind (akin to German preposition hinter, behind) ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps base of he (see he) plush comparative suffix -der, akin to Classical Greek -tero-, Sanskrit -tara-: the word is now felt as comparative of hind
hinder definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb hin·dered, hin·der·ing, hin·ders verb, transitive
- To be or get in the way of.
- To obstruct or delay the progress of.
Origin: Middle English hindren, from Old English hindrian; see ko- in Indo-European roots.
- hinˈder·er noun
Variant of hind