Hound meaning

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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.

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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.

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To pursue relentlessly and tenaciously.

The suspect was hounded by the police for weeks.

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A contemptible person.
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(slang) A devotee, fan, or collector.

An autograph hound.

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To hunt or chase with or as with hounds; chase or follow continually; nag.

To hound a debtor.

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To urge on; incite as to pursuit.
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Either of two projections at the masthead of a sailing vessel for supporting the trestletrees and the upper parts of the lower rigging.
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A horizontal bar in the running gear of a wagon, cart, etc., for strengthening the connection of various parts.
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A dog, particularly a breed with a good sense of smell developed for hunting other animals. (hunt hound, hunting hound, hunting dog, hunter)
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(by extension) Someone who seeks something.
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(by extension) A male who constantly seeks the company of receptive females.
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A despicable person.
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(nautical, in the plural) Projections at the masthead, serving as a support for the trestletrees and top to rest on.
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A side bar used to strengthen portions of the running gear of a vehicle.
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In more recent times, hound has been replaced by dog but the sense remains the same.
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To persistently harass.

He hounded me for weeks, but I was simply unable to pay back his loan.

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A contemptible person; a scoundrel.
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follow the hounds
  • to hunt a fox, etc. on horseback with hounds
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of hound

  • Middle English from Old English hund kwon- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English honde, from Old English hund, from Proto-Germanic *hundaz (confer West Frisian hûn, Dutch hond, German Hund, Danish hund, Swedish hund), from pre-Germanic *ḱu̯n̥-tós, *ḱwn̥tós (confer Latvian sùnt-ene (“big dog”)), englargement of Proto-Indo-European *ḱwṓ (“dog”) (cf. Welsh cwn (“dogs”), Tocharian AB ku, Lithuanian šuõ), Armenian շուն (šun).

    From Wiktionary