Main definitions of hind in English

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hind1

adjective

  • [attributive] (especially of a bodily part) situated at the back; posterior.

    ‘a hind leg’
    • ‘Moments later he appeared, dragging his hind legs.’
    • ‘After the skin was sutured, the outer end of the tube was fixed with surgical tape at the shaved hind leg.’
    • ‘The dragon reared up onto its hind legs, his front foot connecting roughly with Fin's chest.’
    • ‘Have you ever been roared at by a man-eater with fangs four inches away from your face, as it reared on its hind legs to lunge six feet tall at you?’
    • ‘This was associated with infection by a flatworm or fluke infection called Ribeiroia, which formed cysts near the hind legs.’
    • ‘Tyran reared onto his hind legs in rage, his nostrils flaring and his breathing intense.’
    • ‘One of the animals filled the screen, rearing up on its hind legs and seemingly staring back at her with dark eyes.’
    • ‘Path reared up onto her hind legs, kicking more of the enemy with her iron-like hooves.’
    • ‘Artaxes reared onto his hind legs, and gave a quick kick of his back legs, and Miri could hold him back no longer.’
    • ‘Herodotus rejoins that camels have four thighbones in their hind legs, and that their genitals face backwards.’
    • ‘The same held true when they injected the drug into multiple ganglia that connect to the tail and hind legs.’
    • ‘Then the turtle reared on its hind legs and grew five times its original size.’
    • ‘Lacey tried to get close to the Mare, but it reared up on its hind legs, kicking out at her with her forelegs, forcing her back out of the horse's reach.’
    • ‘As the hunters approached the creature, it roared loudly, reared up on its hind legs, then charged the small group.’
    • ‘The unicorn whinnied and reared up onto her hind legs, ‘I'll take it from her Mel.’’
    • ‘Some apes started walking on hind legs, employing their forelimbs as hands for holding and shaping tools.’
    • ‘It howled again, then reared back onto its hind two legs.’
    • ‘Every hour, it jerkily rears up on its hind legs and waggles its forelegs a bit.’
    • ‘The Elders showed them how to gut the carcass and prepare the hide with a traditional tool fashioned from a hind leg bone.’
    • ‘She pulled back hard on the reigns, and the horse reared back on its hind legs.’
    back, rear, hinder, hindmost, posterior
    dorsal, caudal, posticous
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Phrases

  • on one's hind legs

    • Standing up to make a speech.

      ‘he wasn't afraid to get up on his hind legs at a social gathering and talk’
      • ‘And then there are times when we have to stand up on our hind legs and put up a glorious fight against all reason.’
      • ‘He was up on his hind legs recently giving an impassioned plea for young people to participate in politics.’
      • ‘All you wanted was a chance to stand on your hind legs and make a speech.’

Origin

Middle English: perhaps shortened from Old English behindan (see behind).

Pronunciation:

hind

/hʌɪnd/

Main definitions of hind in English

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hind2

noun

  • A female deer, especially a red deer or sika in and after the third year.

    • ‘With stalking costing around £275 for a stag and £150 for a hind, estate owners use hunting to provide valuable income.’
    • ‘About 50 hinds fed, heads down, a few hundred yards away and the stag was still standing.’
    • ‘Four stags and three hinds were savaged in two separate attacks at Tatton Park, Knutsford.’
    • ‘There are deer we are not interested in, a hind and her calf, but we cannot afford to startle them, as they will alert others to our presence.’
    • ‘Our second visit was a success and as we got closer to the farm we saw a group of hinds and deer gracing peacefully in the fields near the farm.’
    • ‘They'd seen three roe deer in the woods, a hind and two bucks, moving ‘silent and in slow motion through the snow’.’
    • ‘Stags can defend themselves with their antlers but the hinds have no defence and are often attacked by the hounds.’
    • ‘Highland landowners have predicted ‘genocide’ if close seasons, which vary for stags and hinds, are ended.’
    • ‘Marksmen are to be flown in by helicopter for the cull, in which nearly 1,000 hinds and stags will be killed.’
    • ‘The steady stream of hinds coming off the hill and the occasional brace of grouse, all make it onto the restaurant's table.’
    • ‘A stag and several hinds thundered by, followed by fauns, rabbits and skunks.’
    • ‘It said the harbourer could recognise stags but not hinds.’

Origin

Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hinde and German Hinde, from an Indo-European root meaning hornless, shared by Greek kemas young deer.

Pronunciation:

hind

/hʌɪnd/

Main definitions of hind in English

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hind3

noun

Scottish
Archaic
  • 1A skilled farm worker, typically married and with a tied cottage.

    1. 1.1A farm steward or bailiff.
    2. 1.2A peasant or rustic.

Origin

Late Old English hīne ‘household servants’, apparently from hīgna, hīna, genitive plural of hīgan, hīwan ‘family members’.

Pronunciation:

hind

/hʌɪnd/