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hound

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1 a domestic mammal that is related to the wolves and foxes
  • in the yard an old hound greeted us with a single bark

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2 a person with a strong and habitual liking for something
  • a camera hound even before the baby arrived, he's now become obsessive

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3 a mean, evil, or unprincipled person
  • a no-good sneaky hound who disappeared with the lottery winnings he was supposed to share

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4 a person whose behavior is offensive to others
  • nobody could stand that low-down hound and his penchant for mean-spirited pranks

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hound

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of hound (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to go after or on the track of
  • after the scandal came to light, the politician was hounded by reporters night and day

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2 to subject (someone) to constant scoldings and sharp reminders
  • kept hounding his mother to let him drive her car until she gave in

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How is the word hound distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of hound are badger, bait, chivy, heckle, and hector. While all these words mean "to harass by efforts to break down," hound implies unrelenting pursuit and harassing.

hounded by creditors

When could badger be used to replace hound?

The words badger and hound can be used in similar contexts, but badger implies pestering so as to drive a person to confusion or frenzy.

badgered her father for a car

Where would bait be a reasonable alternative to hound?

While the synonyms bait and hound are close in meaning, bait implies wanton cruelty or delight in persecuting a helpless victim.

baited the chained dog

When is it sensible to use chivy instead of hound?

Although the words chivy and hound have much in common, chivy suggests persecution by teasing or nagging.

chivied the new student mercilessly

In what contexts can heckle take the place of hound?

The words heckle and hound are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, heckle implies persistent annoying or belligerent interruptions of a speaker.

drunks heckled the stand-up comic

When can hector be used instead of hound?

While in some cases nearly identical to hound, hector carries an implication of bullying and domineering.

football players hectored by their coach

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The first known use of hound was before the 12th century

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“Hound.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/hound. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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