- 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 hounds
Wouldn't even pay attention to the packs of feral Iraqi hounds that yap and howl all through the night when people walk by.Marine First Lieutenant Nathan Krissoff’s Last Letters Home From Iraq
May 26, 2013
Oh, sure, the hounds of hell will be unleashed by the left to inflame fear.Mitt Romney’s Game Changer
August 11, 2012
And so Chávez jails and hounds critics, but keeps no gulag of political prisoners.Is Chavez Going Down?
February 9, 2011
The squatters had found that out when he blasted away at their hounds.My Parents' Brothel
December 6, 2009
There were waiters with trays full of drinks standing behind the gospel choir, like someone might release the hounds.The Daily Beast D.C. Diary
The Daily Beast
January 19, 2009
So, to my great relief and pleasure, they started on after the hounds.
Taking to the water threw the hounds off the scent of the track.
But the man proved to be a poor runaway like myself, and the one whom the hounds were after.
Your men were playing a funny game—hare and hounds, it looked like.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
His thoughts, like hounds on a trail, raced off after this new scent.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
- 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 hounds
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.