\ 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
3 : dogfish
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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Other Words from hound


hounder noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for hound

Synonyms: Noun

canine, dog, doggy (or doggie), pooch, tyke (also tike)

Synonyms: Verb

bird-dog, chase, course, dog, follow, pursue, run, shadow, tag, tail, trace, track, trail

Antonyms: Verb

guide, lead, pilot

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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


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


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

Tom’s officially taken Kendall’s place as the resident neutered hound dog of the family. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Succession Game of Thrones Sees an Unlikely Contender Emerge," 26 Aug. 2019 Hanging With the Hendersons Veterinarian Tony Henderson is asked to handle a rare procedure on a young borzoi hound in this new episode. Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Saturday July 27: The TV movie ‘V.C. Andrews’ Heaven’ on Lifetime," 26 July 2019 Borough Market The food hound's favourite London market – and its most atmospheric – occupies a sprawling site near London Bridge, both in a large covered area and spreading into the smaller maze of streets that surround it. Ramsay Short, Condé Nast Traveler, "24 Best Things to Do in London," 3 Mar. 2018 The rambunctious, one-year-old, 50-pound hound had become too much for a household with two working parents and two tots under three. Marni Jameson, The Mercury News, "8 tips on how to dog-proof your house — with style," 4 Sep. 2019 Mystery-hounds can spend an afternoon with novelist Louise Penny. Agatha French, Los Angeles Times, "These L.A. book events rival Labor Day barbecues and the beach," 30 Aug. 2019 The rambunctious, one-year-old, 50-pound hound had become too much for a household with two working parents and two tots under three. Marni Jameson, orlandosentinel.com, "8 reasons not to get a dog, and why I have 3," 31 May 2019 The company is looking for four breeds in particular: Borzois, Pointers, Irish wolfhounds, and hounds. Martha Merrow, BostonGlobe.com, "Does your dog have what it takes to be a star in Boston Ballet’s ‘Giselle’?," 7 Aug. 2019 Welcome to the dog days of summer, so named not because hounds are drooling and panting but because this is the time of year when the Dog Star, a.k.a. Los Angeles Times, "Escapes: This car-free Maine island is a Wyeth painting come to life," 1 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

McEachin, 57, an attorney and former state senator, has been hounded for years by health problems related to a 2014 bout with rectal cancer. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, "Rep. McEachin remains hospitalized following surgery," 12 Sep. 2019 At the very least, the amount of fastbreak opportunities created by George, Leonard and Patrick Beverley hounding ballhandlers should make offense slightly more fun. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "Who Is Having the Best Summer in the NBA?," 14 Aug. 2019 His face was on the cover of magazines and he and Carolyn were regularly hounded by photographers, but his social circle was small, and his close associates knew him intimately. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Carole Radziwill Reflects on John F. Kennedy Jr.'s Wedding Day on the Anniversary of His Death," 17 July 2019 Things to watch Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce hounded the Raiders last season with 17 catches for 230 yards in two games. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Need for speed: Raiders to test progress Sunday against Chiefs," 14 Sep. 2019 Dissidents within the guerrilla camps were hounded, tortured and incarcerated, sometimes in underground pits. The Economist, "Robert Mugabe leaves a bitter legacy," 7 Sep. 2019 The miscue, one of the many that have hounded the Dodgers in recent weeks, led to a five-run inning. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers’ plethora of defensive problems add up to worst loss of season," 29 July 2019 In this case, that man on the island was the dogged Fred VanVleet, who has hounded Curry in the first two games of this series. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: The Raptors paid Steph Curry the ultimate respect and it told us so much about these NBA Finals," 3 June 2019 Bedin epitomises that all-action energy, relentlessly hounding and harassing those that dared challenge the Nerazzurri. SI.com, "Helenio Herrera: The Peerless Pioneer's All-Time Best XI," 7 Aug. 2019

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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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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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