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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English rind, rinde, from Old English rind and rinde (treebark, crust), from Proto-Germanic *rindō, *rindǭ (crust, rind), from Proto-Indo-European *rem- (to come to rest, support or prop oneself). Cognate with German Rinde (bark, rind).


rind (plural rinds)

  1. tree bark
  2. A hard, tough outer layer, particularly on food such as fruit, cheese, etc
    • Shakespeare
      Sweetest nut hath sourest rind.
    • Milton
      Thou canst not touch the freedom of my mind / With all thy charms, although this corporal rind / Thou hast immanacled.
  3. (figuratively, uncountable, rare, usually "the") The gall, the crust, the insolence; often as "the immortal rind"
    • 1939, Roy Forster, Joyous Deliverance, London: Thornton Butterworth, p. 262:
      Taking the money from a man when he's got his pants down. What are you, a doctor or a tailor's tout? Thirty bucks! If I figured you'd have the rind to touch me that much I'd have lashed them up with a pair of braces!
    • 1940, Amy Helen Bell (ed.), London Was Ours: Diaries and Memoirs of the London Blitz, 1940-1941, published 2002, Kingston, Ontario: Queen's University, ISBN 9780612732810, p. 99:
      April 9, 1940. Then one of our RAF customers had the rind to suggest that ‘you women ought to give up smoking for the duration you know’. This, when they have the alternative of smoking pipes which is not open to us, [...]
    • 1960, P[elham] G[renville] Wodehouse, chapter XVIII, in Jeeves in the Offing, London: Herbert Jenkins, OCLC 1227855:
      “Oh?” she said. “So you have decided to revise my guest list for me? You have the nerve, the – the –” I saw she needed helping out. “Audacity,” I said, throwing her the line. “The audacity to dictate to me who I shall have in my house.” It should have been “whom”, but I let it go. “You have the –” “Crust.” “– the immortal rind,” she amended, and I had to admit it was stronger, “to tell me whom” – she got it right that time – “I may entertain at Brinkley Court and who” – wrong again – “I may not.”
    • 2010, David Stubbs, Send Them Victorious: England's Path to Glory 2006-2010, O Books (Zero Books), ISBN 9781846944574, p. 12:
      [About a football match.] Come the second half and the Trinidadians and Tobagans had the immortal rind to make excursions into the England half, the spectacle of which was deeply offensive to those whose memories extend to those happy days before 1962, when independence was unwisely conferred on this archipelago. Back in those days, a game like this would have presented little anxiety. Any goals scored by the Trinidadians, or Tobagans for that matter, would have been instantly become the property of the Crown and therefore added to England's tally. Glad times – 22 men working together for a common aim. However, such is the insolence of the modern age that these dark fellows dared approach the England penalty box, forelocks untugged, as if demanding instant entry to the Garrick club without having been put up by existing members.
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rind (third-person singular simple present rinds, present participle rinding, simple past and past participle rinded)

  1. (transitive) To remove the rind from.

Etymology 2Edit

Cognate with Flemish rijne, Low German ryn.

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rind (plural rinds)

  1. An iron support fitting used on the upper millstone of a grist mill




Of Finno-Samic origin. Cognate to Finnish rinta. Alternatively of Germanic origin, from Proto-Norse *strinða-. Compare Old Norse strind (border, side, land) and Norwegian strind (slice, line, row). This is unlikely due to the difference in meaning.


rind (genitive rinna, partitive rinda)

  1. breast



Old High GermanEdit


From Proto-Germanic *hrinþaz, whence also Old English hrīþer


rind n

  1. cattle