• To put (something) in a place where it will be harder to discover or out of sight.
  • To put oneself in a place where one will be harder to find or out of sight.
  • To beat with a whip made from hide.



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  • From Middle English hiden, huden, from Old English hȳdan ("to hide, conceal, preserve"), from Proto-West Germanic *hūdijan, from Proto-Germanic *hūdijaną ("to conceal"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kewdʰ- ("to cover, wrap, encase"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kewH- ("to cover").
  • The verb was originally weak. In the King James Version of the Bible (1611) both hid and hidden are used for the past participle.
  • Cognate with Dutch huiden, Low German (ver)hüden, (ver)hüen, Welsh cuddio ("to hide"), Latin custōs, Ancient Greek κεύθω ("to conceal"), Sanskrit कुहरम् ("cave"). Related to hut and sky.
  • From Old English hȳd, of Germanic origin, from Proto-West Germanic *hūdi, from Proto-Germanic *hūdiz, from Proto-Indo-European (compare Latin cutis ("skin, rind, hide")), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kewH-, ultimately the same root as the above etymology. More at sky.
  • See also West Frisian hûd, Dutch huid, German Haut, Welsh cwd ("scrotum"), Latin cutis ("skin"), Lithuanian kutys ("purse, money-belt"), Ancient Greek κύτος ("hollow vessel"), σκῦτος.
  • From Middle English hide, from Old English hīd, hȳd, hīġed, hīġid, for earlier *hīwid, a derivative of Proto-Germanic *hīwaz, *hīwō, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱey- ("to lie with, store, be familiar"). Related to Old English hīwisc ("hide of land, household"), Old English hīwan ("members of a family, household"). More at hewe, hind.

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