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hound

noun \ ˈhau̇nd \
Updated on: 20 Apr 2018

Definition of hound

1 a : 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
3 : dogfish
4 : a person who pursues like a hound; especially : one who avidly seeks or collects something
  • autograph hounds

Examples of hound in a Sentence

  1. in the yard an old hound greeted us with a single bark

  2. a camera hound even before the baby arrived, he's now become obsessive

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Origin and Etymology of hound

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

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hound

verb

Definition of hound

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

hounder

noun

Examples of hound in a Sentence

  1. He is being hounded by the press.

  2. They hounded me with questions.

  3. They hounded me for my autograph.

  4. hound a politician out of office

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First Known Use of hound

1528

See Words from the same year

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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hound Synonyms

Antonyms

guide, lead, pilot;

Near Antonyms

head;

Phrases

run after;

Synonym Discussion of hound

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

HOUND Defined for English Language Learners

hound

Definition of hound for English Language Learners

  • : 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


hound

Definition of hound for English Language Learners

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


HOUND Defined for Kids

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hound

noun \ ˈhau̇nd \

Definition of hound for Students

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

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hound

verb

Definition of hound for Students

hounded; hounding
: 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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