hide, pelt, skin

(noun) body covering of a living animal

hide, fell

(noun) the dressed skin of an animal (especially a large animal)

obscure, blot out, obliterate, veil, hide

(verb) make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing; “a hidden message”; “a veiled threat”

shroud, enshroud, hide, cover

(verb) cover as if with a shroud; “The origins of this civilization are shrouded in mystery”

hide, conceal

(verb) prevent from being seen or discovered; “hide the money”

hide, hide out

(verb) 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”

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


hide (third-person singular simple present hides, present participle hiding, simple past hid, past participle (archaic) hid or hidden)

(transitive) To put (something) in a place where it will be harder to discover or out of sight.

Synonyms: conceal, hide away, secrete

Antonyms: disclose, expose, reveal, show, uncover

(intransitive) To put oneself in a place where one will be harder to find or out of sight.

Synonyms: go undercover, hide away, hide out, lie low

Antonyms: reveal, show

Etymology 2


hide (plural hides)

(countable) The skin of an animal.

Synonyms: pelt, skin

(obsolete or derogatory) The human skin.

(uncountable, informal, usually, US) One's own life or personal safety, especially when in peril.

(countable) (mainly British) A covered structure from which hunters, birdwatchers, etc can observe animals without scaring them.

(countable, architecture) A secret room for hiding oneself or valuables; a hideaway.

(countable) A covered structure to which a pet animal can retreat, as is recommended for snakes.


hide (third-person singular simple present hides, present participle hiding, simple past and past participle hided)

To beat with a whip made from hide.

Etymology 3


hide (plural hides)

(historical) A unit of land and tax assessment of varying size, originally as intended to support one household with dependents. [from 9th c.]

Synonym: carucate

Usage notes

The hide was originally intended to represent the amount of land farmed by a single household but was primarily connected to obligations owed (in England) to the Saxon and Norman kings, and thus varied greatly from place to place. Around the time of the Domesday Book under the Normans, the hide was usually but not always the land expected to produce £1 (1 Tower pound of sterling silver) in income over the year.


• (100 hides) barony


• (1/4 hide) See virgate

• (1/8 hide) See oxgang

• (1/16 hide) nook

• farundel


• Heid, Ihde, hied

Source: Wiktionary

Hide, v. t. [imp. Hid; p. p. Hidden, Hid; p. pr. & vb. n. Hiding.] Etym: [OE. hiden, huden, AS. h; akin to Gr. house, hut, and perh. to E. hide of an animal, and to hoard. Cf. Hoard.]

1. To conceal, or withdraw from sight; to put out of view; to secrete. A city that is set on an hill can not be hid. Matt. v. 15. If circumstances lead me, I will find Where truth is hid. Shak.

2. To withhold from knowledge; to keep secret; to refrain from avowing or confessing. Heaven from all creatures hides the book of fate. Pope.

3. To remove from danger; to shelter. In the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion. Ps. xxvi. 5. To hide one's self, to put one's self in a condition to be safe; to secure protection. "A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself." Prov. xxii. 3.

– To hide the face, to withdraw favor. "Thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled." Ps. xxx. 7.

– To hide the face from. (a) To overlook; to pardon. "Hide thy face from my sins." Ps. li. 9. (b) To withdraw favor from; to be displeased with.


– To conceal; secrete; disguise; dissemble; screen; cloak; mask; veil. See Conceal.

Hide, v. i.

Definition: To lie concealed; to keep one's self out of view; to be withdrawn from sight or observation. Bred to disguise, in public 'tis you hide. Pope. Hide and seek, a play of children, in which some hide themselves, and others seek them. Swift.

Hide, n. Etym: [AS. hid, earlier higed; prob. orig., land enough to support a family; cf. AS. hiwan, higan, members of a household, and E. hind a peasant.] (O. Eng. Law.) (a) An abode or dwelling. (b) A measure of land, common in Domesday Book and old English charters, the quantity of which is not well ascertained, but has been differently estimated at 80, 100, and 120 acres. [Written also hyde.]

Hide, n. Etym: [OE.hide, hude, AS. h; akin to D. huid, OHG, h, G. haut, Icel. h, Dan. & Sw. hud, L. cutis, Gr. scutum shield, and E. sky. .]

1. The skin of an animal, either raw or dressed; -- generally applied to the undressed skins of the larger domestic animals, as oxen, horses, etc.

2. The human skin; -- so called in contempt. O tiger's heart, wrapped in a woman's hide! Shak.

Hide, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hided; p. pr. & vb. n. Hiding.]

Definition: To flog; to whip. [Prov. Eng. & Low, U. S.]

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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