(third-person singular simple present hides, present participle hiding, simple past hid, past participle hidden)
- To put (something) in a place where it will be harder to discover or out of sight.
- He hides his magazines under the bed.
- The politicians were accused of keeping information hidden from the public.
- (intransitive) To put oneself in a place where one will be harder to find or out of sight.
From Middle English hiden, huden, from Old English hȳdan (“to hide, conceal, preserve”), from Proto-Germanic *hūdijaną (“to conceal”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keudh- (“to cover, wrap, encase”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keu- (“to cover”). Cognate with Low German (ver)hüden, (ver)hüen (“to hide, cover, conceal”), Welsh cuddio (“to hide”), Ancient Greek κεύθω (keúthô, “to conceal”), Sanskrit [script?] (kuharam, “a cave”). Related to hut and sky.
- (countable) The skin of an animal.
- (derogatory) The human skin.
- (countable) (mainly British) A covered structure from which hunters, birdwatchers, etc can observe animals without scaring them.
- (uncountable, informal, usually US) One's own life or personal safety, especially when in peril.
(third-person singular simple present hides, present participle hiding, simple past and past participle hided)
- To beat with a whip made from hide.
From Old English hȳd, from Proto-Germanic *hūdiz (cf. West Frisian hûd, Dutch huid, German Haut), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keu-t- 'skin, hide' (cf. Welsh cwd (“scrotum”), Latin cutis (“skin”), Lithuanian kutys (“purse, money-belt”), Ancient Greek κύτος (kýtos, “hollow vessel”), σκῦτος (skŷtos, “cover, hide”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keu-, 'to cover'. More at sky.
- A medieval land measure equal to the amount of land that could sustain one free family; usually 100 acres. Forty hides equalled a barony.
From Middle English hide, from Old English hīd, hȳd, hīġed, hīġid (“a measure of land”), for earlier *hīwid (“the amount of land needed to support one family”), a derivative of Proto-Germanic *hīwaz, *hīwō (“relative, fellow-lodger, family”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱei- (“to lie with, store, be familiar”). Related to Old English hīwisc (“hide of land, household”), Old English hīwan (“members of a family, household”). More at hewe, hind.