- Create difficulties for (someone or something), resulting in delay or obstruction: various family stalemates were hindering communicationMore example sentences
hamper, obstruct, impede, inhibit, retard, balk, prevent, thwart, foil, curb, delay, arrest, interfere with, set back, slow down, hobble, hold back, hold up, stop, halt; restrict, restrain, constrain, block, check, curtail, frustrate, cramp, handicap, cripple, hamstring• informal stymie, throw a wrench in the works
- With these uses come consequences, and these consequences have created problems and hinder survival of humans.
- The man's mass seemed to both hinder his movements and create a more menacing movement at the same time.
- Conversely, products that do not lend themselves to such comparisons encounter difficulty because they hinder valuation.
Old English hindrian 'injure or damage', of Germanic origin; related to German hindern, also to behind.
- (Especially of a bodily part) rear; hind: the hinder end of its bodyMore example sentences
- As William told it, ‘He forgot to fit a tail on his hinder parts.’
- When the fish is too large to be swallowed entire, the hinder portion will be bitten off and the anterior part allowed to float or sink.
- Sir George strode purposefully towards a grand statue of a heroic millipede raised on its hinder legs clutching a large cross in several of its limbs.
Middle English: perhaps from Old English hinderweard 'backward', related to behind.