Main definitions of hind in English

: hind1hind2

hind1

noun

  • 1A female deer, especially a red deer or sika in and after the third year.

    • ‘It said the harbourer could recognise stags but not hinds.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Stags can defend themselves with their antlers but the hinds have no defence and are often attacked by the hounds.’
    • ‘They'd seen three roe deer in the woods, a hind and two bucks, moving ‘silent and in slow motion through the snow’.’
    • ‘Marksmen are to be flown in by helicopter for the cull, in which nearly 1,000 hinds and stags will be killed.’
    • ‘Highland landowners have predicted ‘genocide’ if close seasons, which vary for stags and hinds, are ended.’
    • ‘A stag and several hinds thundered by, followed by fauns, rabbits and skunks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Four stags and three hinds were savaged in two separate attacks at Tatton Park, Knutsford.’
    • ‘About 50 hinds fed, heads down, a few hundred yards away and the stag was still standing.’
    • ‘The steady stream of hinds coming off the hill and the occasional brace of grouse, all make it onto the restaurant's table.’
    • ‘With stalking costing around £275 for a stag and £150 for a hind, estate owners use hunting to provide valuable income.’
  • 2Any of several large edible groupers with spotted markings.

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

: hind1hind2

hind2

noun

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

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

hind

/hʌɪnd/