hellhound

noun

hell·​hound ˈhel-ˌhau̇nd How to pronounce hellhound (audio)
1
: a dog represented in mythology as a guardian of the underworld
2
: a fiendish person

Examples of hellhound in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The demon party really takes off at that point, with two more hellhounds joining Doja in the attic for a Beelzebub dance party. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 1 Sep. 2023 Or by a hellhound? Vulture, 23 Dec. 2022 In order to move on from the death of Colin Robinson, the remaining household members — along with the Guide, Baron Afanas, the Sire, and their hellhound — sit for a fresh family portrait painted by Donal Logue. Anne Victoria Clark, Vulture, 30 Oct. 2021 In Aduba’s hilarious and scalding performance, Clyde, wearing a succession of skintight don’t-mess-with-me outfits by Jennifer Moeller, is a shape-shifting hellhound, all but breathing fire. Jesse Green, New York Times, 23 Nov. 2021 In the new clip, Rudd encounters a few of the ghostly mainstays from movies past, including miniature Stay Puft marshmallow men and a terror dog, a demonic hellhound who chases him around a department store. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, 9 Nov. 2021 There’s a new animal in this season, the hellhound. Anne Victoria Clark, Vulture, 28 Oct. 2021 The demon and his hellhound stood at the edge of the bed. Jaquira Díaz, Time, 3 Mar. 2021 But, oy, those last few episodes really jumped the hellhound. Andrew A. Smith Tribune News Service, Star Tribune, 22 Feb. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hellhound was before the 12th century

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“Hellhound.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hellhound. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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