blood·​hound | \ ˈbləd-ˌhau̇nd How to pronounce bloodhound (audio) \

Definition of bloodhound

1 : any of a breed of large powerful hounds of European origin remarkable for acuteness of smell
2 : a person keen in pursuit

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Recent Examples on the Web By 2004, Howard moved to Melbourne establishing himself as a bloodhound sports reporter at the Channel Seven network. Los Angeles Times, "Howard’s end: Why infamous tabloid editor exited longtime National Enquirer publisher," 22 Apr. 2020 At the end of the event, before a robot handed out candy, a beaming Ivey stood with his ever-present bloodhound sidekick, Junny, at his side. Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon, USA TODAY, "A Florida sheriff held a parade where robots handed out candy, but was it really safe?," 27 Mar. 2020 During that time, investigators frantically searched for the baby, using helicopters and bloodhounds. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "A baby in Florida has been missing for weeks. Now police are offering an $8,000 reward," 23 Feb. 2020 Once again the characters in search of the chimera of freedom must flee from homicidal human bloodhounds (and sometimes actual ones) through an infinite labyrinth of grotesque obstacles. New York Times, "In ‘The Nickel Boys,’ Colson Whitehead Depicts a Real-Life House of Horrors," 14 July 2019 The pro leagues, in fact, run like bloodhounds after the scent of their fan bases. Michael Powell, New York Times, "Colliding With China, the N.B.A. Retreats With a Bruised Spine," 7 Oct. 2019 In the weeks that followed, numerous dive teams, search crews, bloodhounds and helicopters were dispatched to search for Michael, according to police. NBC News, "Six years of Dateline's Missing in America: 134 still missing," 5 Dec. 2019 The film’s other canine cast members include the bloodhound Trusty (voiced by Sam Elliott), the fluffy Peg (Janelle Monaé), the Scottish terrier Jock (Ashley Jensen), and the bulldog Bull (Benedict Wong). Devan Coggan,, "Lady and the Tramp," 17 Oct. 2019 The toddler is one of several individuals to be saved by the sheriff's office K-9 unit since the bloodhounds were brought onto the team in 2018. Li Cohen, CBS News, "A toddler with autism disappeared. It took sheriff's hounds only 30 minutes to find him," 17 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of bloodhound

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bloodhound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bloodhound

: a large dog that has long ears and a very good sense of smell and is often used for finding people and for hunting


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Kids Definition of bloodhound

: a large hound with long drooping ears, a wrinkled face, and a very good sense of smell

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