Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Chiefly British A farm laborer, especially a skilled worker.
  • noun Archaic A country bumpkin; a rustic.
  • adjective Located at or forming the back or rear; posterior.
  • noun A female red deer.
  • noun Any of various spotted groupers of the genus Epinephelus or various related fishes of the genus Cephalopholis.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A laboring man attached to a household; an agricultural laborer; a peasant; a farm-servant; a rustic.
  • noun The female of the red deer or stag in and after its third year: correlative to hart for the male.
  • noun One of various fishes of the family Serranidæ and genus Epinephelus, as E. drummond-hayi, a grouper of the Gulf coast of the United States.
  • Pertaining to, constituting, or including the rear or posterior extremity, as of a body or an object; backward; posterior: opposed to fore: as, the hind toe of a bird; the hind feet of a horse; the hind part of an animal.
  • An abbreviation of Hindu, Hindustan, and Hindustani. In the etymologies of this dictionary it stands only for Hindustani.
  • noun A small bass-like fish, Cephalopholis cruentalis, of the family Serranidæ, found in the West Indies.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) The female of the red deer, of which the male is the stag.
  • noun (Zoöl.) A spotted food fish of the genus Epinephelus, as Epinephelus apua of Bermuda, and Epinephelus Drummond-hayi of Florida; -- called also coney, John Paw, spotted hind.
  • noun obsolete A domestic; a servant.
  • noun engraving A peasant; a rustic; a farm servant.
  • adjective In the rear; -- opposed to front; of or pertaining to the part or end which follows or is behind, in opposition to the part which leads or is before

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Located at the rear (most often said of animals' body parts).
  • noun A female deer, especially a red deer at least two years old.
  • noun archaic A servant, especially an agricultural labourer.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a female deer, especially an adult female red deer
  • adjective located at or near the back of an animal
  • noun any of several mostly spotted fishes that resemble groupers

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Alteration of Middle English hine, household servants, possibly from Old English hīne, genitive of hīgan, hīwan, members of a household; see kei- in Indo-European roots.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English hinde, short for bihinde, behind, from Old English bihindan; see ko- in Indo-European roots.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old English.]

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From Middle English hinde, from Old English hindan ("at the rear, from behind"), from Proto-Germanic *hinda-, *handan- (“far, beyond”), from Proto-Indo-European *k(')enta (“down, below, with, far, along, against”), from *ḱen- (“to set oneself in motion, arise”). Cognate with Gothic 𐌷𐌹𐌽𐌳𐌰𐌽𐌰 (hindana, "from beyond"), Old Norse hindr ("obstacle"), Old Norse handan ("from that side, beyond"), Old High German hintana ("behind"), Old English hinder ("behind, back, in the farthest part, down"), Latin contra ("in return, against"). More at hinder, contrary.

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Old English hind, from Germanic. Cognate with Dutch hinde, German Hinde, Danish hind.

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Old English hī(ġ)na, genitive plural of hīġa ("servant, family member"), in the phrase hīna fæder ‘paterfamilias’. The -d is a later addition (compare sound).

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