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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for grayhound
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  • The foxhound is a cross of the bloodhound, the grayhound, the bulldog and the chump.

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

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

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • 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.

  • A hasty lunch was eaten in midair, with the Sea Eagle still winging her way like a grayhound of the sky.

  • 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
  • It is that house which has the old cross just before it, as you turn down between the church and 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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