- 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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- 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 hounders
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.