- one of any of several breeds of dogs trained to pursue game either by sight or by scent, especially one with a long face and large drooping ears.
- Informal. any dog.
- a mean, despicable person.
- Informal. an addict or devotee: an autograph hound.
- one of the pursuers in the game of hare and hounds.
- to hunt or track with hounds, or as a hound does; pursue.
- to pursue or harass without respite: Her little brother wouldn't stop hounding her.
- to incite (a hound) to pursuit or attack; urge on.
- Informal. to incite or urge (a person) to do something (usually followed by on).
- follow the hounds, Fox Hunting. to participate in a hunt, especially as a member of the field.
- ride to hounds, Fox Hunting. to participate in a hunt, whether as a member of the field or of the hunt staff.
Origin of hound1
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- Nautical. either of a pair of fore-and-aft members at the lower end of the head of a mast, for supporting the trestletrees, that support an upper mast at its heel.Compare cheek(def 12).
- a horizontal bar or brace, usually one of a pair, for strengthening the running gear of a horse-drawn wagon or the like.
Origin of hound2
Examples from the Web for hound
The Hound is begging her to kill him, but she won't grant him his last wish.‘Game of Thrones’ Star Maisie Williams on Arya Stark’s S4 Journey and Her Crush on Andrew Garfield
June 23, 2014
Sandor “The Hound” Clegane was left to die of a ferocious ass-whooping.Valar Morghulis: Game of Thrones’ Women Are Going to Rule the World
June 17, 2014
In the end, the joke was on both of them: Brienne lost track of Arya and The Hound was “killed by a woman.”Best ‘Game of Thrones’ Season Yet
June 16, 2014
But The Hound is just hungry, and no one gets between the scarred warrior and a meal.
At the end of the fourth season premiere, Arya and The Hound stumble upon a tavern in the woods.
That's an old maneuver of his—to hound a man from a little crime to a big one.
And if I'd known as much about you then as I know now, I'd never have started to hound you.
If they presented an equal target he would fire at them rather than the hound.
The hound fell without a sound, and with equal ease he slew the second.
The other cab was pelting after him with all the enthusiasm of a hound on a fresh trail.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
- any of several breeds of dog used for hunting
- (in combination)an otterhound; a deerhound
- the hounds a pack of foxhounds, etc
- a dog, esp one regarded as annoying
- a despicable person
- (in hare and hounds) a runner who pursues a hare
- slang, mainly US and Canadian an enthusiastan autograph hound
- short for houndfish See also nursehound
- ride to hounds or follow the hounds to take part in a fox hunt with hounds
- to pursue or chase relentlessly
- to urge on
- either of a pair of horizontal bars that reinforce the running gear of a horse-drawn vehicle
- nautical either of a pair of fore-and-aft braces that serve as supports for a topmast
Word Origin and History for hound
Old English hund "dog," from Proto-Germanic *hundas (cf. Old Saxon and Old Frisian hund, Old High German hunt, German Hund, Old Norse hundr, Gothic hunds), from PIE *kuntos, dental enlargement of root *kwon- "dog" (see canine). Meaning narrowed 12c. to "dog used for hunting."
"hunt with hounds," 1520s, from hound (v.). Sense of "pursue relentlessly" is first recorded c.1600. Related: Hounded; hounding.