- situated in the rear or at the back; posterior: the hind legs of an animal.
noun, plural hinds, (especially collectively) hind.
- Zoology. the female of the deer, chiefly the red deer, especially in and after the third year.
- any of several speckled serranid fishes of the genus Epinephelus, found in the warmer waters of the western Atlantic Ocean.
- a peasant or rustic.
- Scot. and North England. a farm laborer.
adjective hinder, hindmost or hindermost
- (prenominal) (esp of parts of the body) situated at the back or reara hind leg
noun plural hinds or hind
- the female of the deer, esp the red deer when aged three years or more
- any of several marine serranid fishes of the genus Epinephelus, closely related and similar to the gropers
- a simple peasant
- (in N Britain) a skilled farm worker
- a steward
c.1300, “rear, back,” perhaps a back-formation from Old English behindan “back, behind,” used as adverb and preposition, or from or influenced by Old English hindan (adv.) “from behind,” from Proto-Germanic *hind- “behind” (cognate with Gothic hindan (prep.) “on that side of, beyond, behind;” German hinten “behind”), of unknown origin. Possibly influenced by Middle English hiner (adv.) “back, rear.”
“female deer,” Old English hind, from Proto-Germanic *hinthjo- (cf. Old Norse hind, Dutch hinde, Old High German hinta, German Hinde “hind”) perhaps from PIE *kemti-, from root *kem- “hornless” (cf. Greek kemas, Lithuanian smulas “young deer, gazelle”).