Pronunciation Adjective

hind (comparative hinder, superlative hindmost)

  1. Located at the rear (most often said of animals' body parts).
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter V
      When it had advanced from the wood, it hopped much after the fashion of a kangaroo, using its hind feet and tail to propel it, and when it stood erect, it sat upon its tail.
Translations Noun

hind (plural hinds)

  1. A female deer, especially a red deer at least two years old.
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970 ↗, partition III, section 1, member 3:
      Nature binds all creatures to love their young ones; an hen to preserve her brood will run upon a lion, an hind will fight with a bull, a sow with a bear, a silly sheep with a fox.
  2. A spotted food fish of the genus Epinephelus.
  • (female deer) doe
Translations Noun

hind (plural hinds)

  1. (archaic) A servant, especially an agricultural labourer.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, “Of the Parcimony of Our Forefathers”, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book I, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗, page 167 ↗:
      Attilius Regulus […] writ vnto the common-wealth, that a hynde, or plough-boy whom he had left alone to over-ſee and husband his land (which in all was but ſeaven acres of ground) was run away from his charge […].
    • 1827, Maria Elizabeth Budden, Nina, An Icelandic Tale, page 41:
      The peaceful tenour of Nina's life was interrupted one morning by the mysterious looks and whisperings of her maids and hinds.
    • 1931, Pearl S. Buck, The Good Earth:
      that my brother can sit at leisure in a seat and learn something and I must work like a hind, who am your son as well as he!

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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