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

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)
:  a mean or despicable person
:  dogfish
:  a person who pursues like a hound; especially :  one who avidly seeks or collects something <autograph hounds>

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



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

Full Definition of HOUND

transitive verb
:  to pursue with or as if with hounds
:  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


Related to HOUND

bird-dog, chase, course, dog, follow, pursue, run, shadow, tag, tail, trace, track, trail
guide, lead, pilot
See Synonym Discussion at bait


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Classification of hunting dogs that is more general than setter, retriever, pointer, or other sporting dog categories. Most hounds were bred and trained to track by scent or sight. Scent hounds (e.g., bloodhound, dachshund) are trained to scent in the air or on the ground. Sight hounds (e.g., saluki, Afghan hound) were developed to chase game by sight over long distances. Hounds such as beagles, basset hounds, and foxhounds run in packs; Afghan hounds, borzois, salukis, and others run alone.


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