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1hound

noun \ˈhand\

: a dog; especially : a type of dog that has a very good sense of smell and is trained to hunt

: a person who is very determined to get something especially for a collection : a very enthusiastic collector

Full Definition of HOUND

1
a :  dog
b :  a dog of any of numerous hunting breeds including both scent hounds (as the bloodhound and beagle) and sight hounds (as the greyhound and Afghan hound)
2
:  a mean or despicable person
3
:  dogfish
4
:  a person who pursues like a hound; especially :  one who avidly seeks or collects something <autograph hounds>
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Examples of HOUND

  1. <in the yard an old hound greeted us with a single bark>
  2. <a camera hound even before the baby arrived, he's now become obsessive>

Origin of HOUND

Middle English, from Old English hund; akin to Old High German hunt dog, Latin canis, Greek kyōn
First Known Use: before 12th century

2hound

verb

: to chase or bother (someone or something) in a constant or determined way

Full Definition of HOUND

transitive verb
1
:  to pursue with or as if with hounds
2
:  to drive or affect by persistent harassing
hound·er noun

Examples of HOUND

  1. He is being hounded by the press.
  2. They hounded me with questions.
  3. They hounded me for my autograph.
  4. hound a politician out of office

First Known Use of HOUND

1528

Synonym Discussion of HOUND

bait, badger, heckle, hector, chivy, hound mean to harass by efforts to break down. bait implies wanton cruelty or delight in persecuting a helpless victim <baited the chained dog>. badger implies pestering so as to drive a person to confusion or frenzy <badgered her father for a car>. heckle implies persistent annoying or belligerent interruptions of a speaker <drunks heckled the stand-up comic>. hector carries an implication of bullying and domineering <football players hectored by their coach>. chivy suggests persecution by teasing or nagging <chivied the new student mercilessly>. hound implies unrelenting pursuit and harassing <hounded by creditors>.
HOUNDER Defined for Kids

1hound

noun \ˈhand\

Definition of HOUND for Kids

:  a dog with drooping ears that is used in hunting and follows game by the sense of smell

2hound

verb
hound·edhound·ing

Definition of HOUND for Kids

:  to hunt, chase, or annoy without ceasing <“From now on they're gonna be hounding you for an autograph.” — Jack Gantos, Joey Pigza Loses Control>

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