hell·​hound | \ ˈhel-ˌhau̇nd How to pronounce hellhound (audio) \

Definition of hellhound

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 If Meza's Dog is a hellhound then Marcus' self-portrait is an apparition. Dallas News, "A Dallas art gallery examines identity in 'How It Looks To Be You In Egyptian Cotton'," 23 Aug. 2019 In the front gallery, Greg Meza’s Dog is a painting whose scraped-off layered reddish-orange Pyrrole paint reveals what can only be described as a hellhound whose growl reverberates across the canvas. Dallas News, "A Dallas art gallery examines identity in 'How It Looks To Be You In Egyptian Cotton'," 23 Aug. 2019 Everybody knows all your hellhounds are cooked up on devil dust. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Algren Award runner-up: "Am I Not Your Animal" by Matt Jones," 2 June 2018 More than anything, 2002-era White wanted to be seen as Robert Johnson, rolling into town with hellhounds on his trail. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Lindquist: 20 unforgettable nights across 20 years of writing about Indianapolis concerts," 4 May 2018 But why would reports of the hellhound be largely consistent? Matt Simon, WIRED, "Fantastically Wrong: Why So Many People Think They’ve Seen Ghost Dogs With Glowing Eyes," 14 Jan. 2015

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First Known Use of hellhound

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

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“Hellhound.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hellhound. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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