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

thug

a man who acts violently, especially to commit a crime

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

crossfit noun

March 23, 2015
high-intensity strength training Two women in strappy dresses discussed how much weight they could snatch

Read More