- 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
Examples from the Web for grayhound
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
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.
He looked down like a compassionate mastiff upon a distressed Italian grayhound.
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 tall slender fast-moving dog of an ancient breed originally used for coursing
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