- The definition of a hound is a dog of a hunting dog breed, particularly ones with droopy ears, a strong sense of smell and a deep bark, or is someone who is very interested in a specific topic.
- An example of a hound is a bloodhound.
- An example of a hound is a person who loves news; a news hound.
- Hound is defined as to hunt, chase or urge on.
An example of hound is for a mother to constantly tell her son to do his homework.
A cute Beagle hound puppy.
hound definition by Webster's New World
- any of several breeds of hunting dog that find game either by scenting and tracking, as the beagle, the bloodhound, and the foxhound, or by sighting followed by swift pursuit, as the borzoi, deerhound, and greyhound
- any dog, especially a member of one of the hunting breeds, with drooping ears, a deep-throated bark, and a keen sense of smell
- a contemptible person
- ☆ Slang a devotee or fan: autograph hound
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English hund, a dog (generic term), akin to German ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kwon-, dog from source cynic, Classical Greek kyōn, Classical Latin canis: houndsense shows specialization, accompanied by generalization of Old English docga: see dog
- to hunt or chase with or as with hounds; chase or follow continually; nag: to hound a debtor
- to urge on; incite as to pursuit
- either of two projections at the masthead for supporting the trestletrees and the upper parts of the lower rigging
- a horizontal bar for strengthening the running gear of a wagon, cart, etc.
Origin: ; from Middle English houn ; from Old Norse hūnn, knob (; from Indo-European base an unverified form eu-, to swell, arch from source Classical Latin cavus, hollow), with unhistoric -d, influenced, influence by hound
hound definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A domestic dog of any of various breeds commonly used for hunting, characteristically having drooping ears, a short coat, and a deep resonant voice.b. A dog.
- A contemptible person; a scoundrel.
- a. One who eagerly pursues something: a gossip hound.b. A devotee or an enthusiast: a coffee hound.
- To pursue relentlessly and tenaciously. See Synonyms at harass.
- To urge insistently; nag: hounded me until I agreed to cut my hair.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English hund; see kwon- in Indo-European roots.
- houndˈer noun
hound - Phrases/Idioms
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