- 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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Examples from the Web for hounded
She was hounded by the prying paparazzi, desperate to label her a partied-out starlet.Taylor Momsen on Female Sexuality and Her Transformation from ‘Gossip Girl’ to Rock Star
March 18, 2014
Hounded by the father of the surveillance state, J. Edgar Hoover, Chaplin gave up on America and retired to Switzerland.How to Fight for Freedom in 2014
December 29, 2013
So she was hounded out of the running, with neocon darling John McCain at the head of the pack.Conservative "Feminism" For Flournoy
Emily L. Hauser
December 18, 2012
He believes Diana was hounded to her death, and friends claim the single biggest driving force in his life is protectiveness.Citizen Kate
The Daily Beast
April 3, 2011
To suggest that he hounded Frum out of his institute on the basis of one little blog defies belief.Inside David Frum's Bitter Exit
March 26, 2010
Why, they've hounded you and bullied you until they've made you think you are bad, Andrew.Way of the Lawless
And have it said that a mob of newspapers have hounded me to it.The Mob (Third Series Plays)
I've been hounded out of my sphere by people very much like that fellow.Victory
Ye've hounded me and harried me through th' woods all th' year!Blazed Trail Stories
Stewart Edward White
For nine months Richard hounded his minions on, but they dared not bite.Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln
Charles L. Marson
- 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 hounded
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.