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[grey-hound] /ˈgreɪˌhaʊnd/


or grayhound

[grey-hound] /ˈgreɪˌhaʊnd/
one of a breed of tall, slender, short-haired dogs, noted for its keen sight and swiftness.
a swift ship, especially a fast ocean liner.
Origin of greyhound
before 1000; Middle English greihund, grehund, grihund, Old English grīghund < Old Norse greyhundr; compare Old Norse grey bitch; see hound1 Unabridged
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  • A hasty lunch was eaten in midair, with the Sea Eagle still winging her way like a grayhound of the sky.

  • Lightfoot—for that was the name of the other—was an English grayhound.

    Frank, the Young Naturalist Harry Castlemon
  • He looked down like a compassionate mastiff upon a distressed Italian grayhound.

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • A lover to whom she had turned a deaf ear had left the country, begging ere he went her acceptance of a lovely Italian grayhound.

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • The foxhound is a cross of the bloodhound, the grayhound, the bulldog and the chump.

  • I did so; and as he listened, I saw a tear fall on the beautiful head of the grayhound, whom he bent over to caress.

  • I won't repeat it to you, because it's wickedly sad, and grayhound Gelert was so much nobler than most people.

    Set in Silver Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  • In the same field, the cow eats grass; the grayhound hunts the hare; and the stork helps himself to the frogs.

    Dutch Fairy Tales for Young Folks William Elliot Griffis
  • I was so vexed, so distressed, because it was almost sunset and the boar seemed to be going strongly and faster than a grayhound.

    The Danger Mark Robert W. Chambers
  • Jack Brown was just out of his time when his master Williams died in that terrible drunken fit at the grayhound.

British Dictionary definitions for grayhound


a tall slender fast-moving dog of an ancient breed originally used for coursing
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Word Origin and History for grayhound



Old English grighund, from grig- "bitch" + hund "dog" (see hound (n.)). The name usually is said to have nothing to do with color, and most are not gray. The Old Norse form of the word is preserved in Hjalti's couplet that almost sparked war between pagans and Christians in early Iceland:

Vilkat goð geyja
grey þykkjumk Freyja

I will not blaspheme the gods,
but I think Freyja is a bitch

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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