Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “hamstring”

See all translations

hamstring

verb [T often passive] uk   /ˈhæm.strɪŋ/ (hamstrung) us  
to limit the amount of something that can be done or the ability or power of someone to do something: The company was hamstrung by traditional but inefficient ways of conducting business.

hamstring

noun [C] uk   /ˈhæm.strɪŋ/ us  
any of five tendons (= pieces of tissue connecting muscles to bones) at the back of the knee: He pulled (= injured) a hamstring while playing football. one of the three large muscles at the back of the thigh: the hamstring muscles
Translations of “hamstring”
in Spanish tendón de la corva…
in Chinese (Traditional) 使受限制, 使難有作爲…
in Russian подколенное сухожилие…
in Turkish diz arkası kirişi/kordonu, veter…
in Chinese (Simplified) 使受限制, 使难有作为…
in Polish mięsień (dwugłowy) uda…
(Definition of hamstring from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of hamstring?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “hamstring” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

christmassy

typical of Christmas, or happy because it is Christmas

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More