hellhound

noun
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 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 If Meza's Dog is a hellhound then Marcus' self-portrait is an apparition. Dallas News, 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, 23 Aug. 2019 Everybody knows all your hellhounds are cooked up on devil dust. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, 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, 4 May 2018 But why would reports of the hellhound be largely consistent? Matt Simon, WIRED, 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 20 Sep. 2021.

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