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Dictionary Definition



1 the dressed skin of an animal (especially a large animal) [syn: fell]
2 body covering of a living animal [syn: pelt, skin]


1 prevent from being seen or discovered; "Muslim women hide their faces"; "hide the money" [syn: conceal] [ant: show]
2 be or go into hiding; keep out of sight, as for protection and safety; "Probably his horse would be close to where he was hiding"; "She is hiding out in a cabin in Montana" [syn: hide out]
3 cover as if with a shroud; "The origins of this civilization are shrouded in mystery" [syn: shroud, enshroud, cover]
4 make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing; "a hidden message"; "a veiled threat" [syn: obscure, blot out, obliterate, veil] [also: hidden, hid]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • , /haɪd/, /haId/
  • Rhymes with: -aɪd

Etymology 1

hydan (a weak verb; strong endings in modern English come by analogy with ride etc.).


  1. To put (something) in a place where it will be harder to discover or out of sight.
    He hides his magazines under the bed.
    The politicians were accused of keeping information hidden from the public.
  2. To put oneself in a place where one will be harder to find or out of sight.
  • reveal oneself, show oneself
Translations to be checked

Etymology 2

hyd, from *|hūđiz, from *|kūtis. Cognate with Dutch huid, German Haut; and with Latin cutis, Ancient Greek κύτος.


  1. The skin of an animal.
  2. italbrac mainly British A covered structure from which hunters, birdwatchers, etc can observe animals without scaring them.
  3. A medieval land measure equal to the amount of land that could sustain one free family; usually 100 acres. Forty hides equalled a barony.
skin of an animal
covered structure for observing animals
land measure

Extensive Definition

To hide something is to conceal it.
Hide may also refer to:

See also

Hyde - disambiguation page
hide in French: Hide (homonymie)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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