\ ˈhau̇nd How to pronounce hound (audio) \

Definition of hound

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : dog
b : a dog of any of numerous hunting breeds including both scent hounds (such as the bloodhound and beagle) and sight hounds (such as the greyhound and Afghan hound)
2 : a mean or despicable person
4 : a person who pursues like a hound especially : one who avidly seeks or collects something autograph hounds


hounded; hounding; hounds

Definition of hound (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to pursue with or as if with hounds
2 : to drive or affect by persistent harassing

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hounder noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for hound

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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bait, badger, heckle, hector, chivy, hound mean to harass by efforts to break down. bait implies wanton cruelty or delight in persecuting a helpless victim. baited the chained dog badger implies pestering so as to drive a person to confusion or frenzy. badgered her father for a car heckle implies persistent annoying or belligerent interruptions of a speaker. drunks heckled the stand-up comic hector carries an implication of bullying and domineering. football players hectored by their coach chivy suggests persecution by teasing or nagging. chivied the new student mercilessly hound implies unrelenting pursuit and harassing. hounded by creditors

Examples of hound in a Sentence

Noun in the yard an old hound greeted us with a single bark a camera hound even before the baby arrived, he's now become obsessive Verb He is being hounded by the press. They hounded me with questions. They hounded me for my autograph. hound a politician out of office
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In Houston, Allison has become a major celebrity: a sought-after guest at fundraising galas, an advocate with the Texas legislature for research dollars, and the target of countless autograph hounds and selfie seekers. Quanta Magazine, "The Contrarian Who Cures Cancers," 3 Feb. 2020 Packs of free-running hounds are being trained in Texas before heading to South Africa to stop poachers. National Geographic, "How many species haven't we found yet?," 26 Dec. 2019 Karson Kuhlman, with more grit and more of a puck hound, might be the best option come the postseason. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "As Bruins prepare to resume play, here’s where things stand with them," 28 Jan. 2020 Red Wings' Jeff Blashill: NHL coach firings 'a bit crazy in the league' Zadina hounds puck Filip Zadina had a particularly good shift late in the first period. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Jimmy Howard and Filip Zadina stand out in Red Wings' 2-1 OT loss to Penguins," 18 Jan. 2020 Sniffing out poachers Texas hounds are revolutionizing anti-poaching work in South Africa. National Geographic, "See our four favorite innovations this month," 9 Dec. 2019 Gravity Haus, Breckenridge Powder hounds will have a new reason to cheer when Gravity Haus, a 60-room ski-in/ski-out boutique hotel, opens this December at the base of Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Peak 9. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Hottest New Hotel Openings of Fall 2019," 1 Oct. 2019 But the guy ranting after midnight Saturday on Bryant Street sounded like a hell hound was on his trail. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Mike Bobo looks to be in desperation mode, and that’s not a good look for the CSU Rams," 31 Aug. 2019 Looking for a gift for a rising executive, a creative type, a productivity hound, or someone who spends too much time at the office? Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "Smart gift ideas for busy professionals," 29 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Moms hounded me last night right in the middle of my writing session. David Canfield, EW.com, "Exclusive preview: Lilliam Rivera's next novel spins a Bronx-set Greek myth retelling," 30 Jan. 2020 Phinisee had to be pulled at one point after hounding D.J. Carton behind the midcourt line, appearing somewhat hobbled. Jon Blau, Indianapolis Star, "IU erases memory of Northwestern game; knocks off No. 11 Ohio State at home," 11 Jan. 2020 The Sunday Times article this weekend fills in some details of an episode that has hounded Johnson during what has been a wobbly start to his leadership. BostonGlobe.com, "On Friday, a monitor at London’s City Hall referred Johnson to a police watchdog for a possible investigation into the case, saying that the accusations, if true, could amount to misconduct in public office.," 30 Sep. 2019 In the offseason, the Lions added free-agent defensive end Trey Flowers, who hounded the Chargers and quarterback Philip Rivers in New England’s 41-28 AFC divisional round playoff victory in January. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Chargers vs. Lions: How the teams matchup for Sunday’s game," 15 Sep. 2019 Mike Bloomberg is being hounded on social media for greeting a dog on the presidential campaign trail by shaking its snout. NBC News, "Bloomberg dogged by awkward canine encounter," 28 Jan. 2020 The Duke of Sussex also revealed that the loss of his late mother, Princess Diana, weighs heavy on him, especially the fact that she was hounded by paparazzi throughout her life. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Wants to "Protect" Meghan Markle from Intense Media Scrutiny," 21 Oct. 2019 Diana's death provoked a crisis for the monarchy — which was portrayed as remote and cold at a time of national grief — and for the media, accused of hounding a vulnerable woman. Danica Kirka, Anchorage Daily News, "With ‘Megxit,’ Prince Harry and Meghan aim to control their media image," 9 Jan. 2020 Fellow redshirt senior Steven Enoch scored 10 points but took just six shot attempts as Florida State hounded Louisville’s guards on the perimeter. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Jordan Nwora shines but Louisville basketball struggles in bitter loss to Florida State," 4 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of hound


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


1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hound


Middle English, from Old English hund; akin to Old High German hunt dog, Latin canis, Greek kyōn

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21 Feb 2020

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“Hound.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hound. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hound

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of hound (Entry 2 of 2)

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


\ ˈhau̇nd How to pronounce hound (audio) \

Kids Definition of hound

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a dog with drooping ears that is used in hunting and follows game by the sense of smell


hounded; hounding

Kids Definition of hound (Entry 2 of 2)

: to hunt, chase, or annoy without ceasing “From now on they're gonna be hounding you for an autograph.”— Jack Gantos, Joey Pigza Loses Control

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