WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
hil•ding  (hilding),USA pronunciation n. [Archaic.]
  1. a contemptible person.
  • perh. to be identified with Middle English heldinge, hilding bending, swerving aside, Old English hylding, equivalent. to hyld(an) to bend, incline + -ing -ing1 1575–85

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