Definitions

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  • n. a wretch, a contemptible person

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A base, menial wretch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mean, worthless person; a wretch.
  • Cowardly; spiritless; base: as, a hilding fellow.

Etymologies

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Origin unknown.

Examples

  • Giles Gosling, the cowardly hilding, refused me one on any terms whatever, lest, forsooth, he should suffer.

    Kenilworth

  • “Some hilding fellow, that had stolen the horse he rode on,” with hilding meaning “bent downward, twisted waywardly aside.”

    No Uncertain Terms

  • If your lordship find him not a hilding, hold me no more in your respect.

    Act III. Scene VI. All’s Well that Ends Well

  • ` ` None of note enough to be put to ransom, '' answered the Captain; ` ` a set of hilding fellows there were, whom we dismissed to find them a new master --- enough had been done for revenge and profit; the bunch of them were not worth a cardecu.

    Ivanhoe

  • Some hilding fellow he must be, who dared not stay to assert his claim to the tourney prize which chance had assigned him.

    Ivanhoe

  • ` ` I trow, '' said Peter Lanaret, ` ` I know the reason of the noble lord's absence; for when that mooncalf, Gregory, hallooed the dogs upon the knobbler, and galloped like a green hilding, as he is, after them, I saw the

    The Waverley

  • What hath yon lither hilding [wicked girl] Audrey been about?

    Clare Avery A Story of the Spanish Armada

  • Beshrew thee for a lazy hilding [young person; a term applied to either sex] that ne'er earneth her bread by the half!

    For the Master's Sake A Story of the Days of Queen Mary

  • 'Tell the hilding, when he returns, that thus Edward of March, fair to friends and terrible to foes, rewards the coward who disaffects the men of

    The Last of the Barons — Volume 03

  • II. i.26 (388,3) [hilding] The word hildlng or hinderling -- a low wretch; it is applied to Catharine for the coarseness of her behaviour.

    Notes to Shakespeare — Volume 01: Comedies

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