one of a breed of medium- to large-sized dogs, usually having a black-and-tan coat, very long ears, loose skin, and an acute sense of smell: used chiefly for following human scents.
a person who is a steadfast pursuer.

Nearby words

  1. bloodcurdling,
  2. blooded,
  3. bloodfin,
  4. bloodflower,
  5. bloodguilty,
  6. bloodily,
  7. bloodiness,
  8. blooding,
  9. bloodless,
  10. bloodless operation

Origin of bloodhound

First recorded in 1300–50, bloodhound is from the Middle English word blod-hound. See blood, hound1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bloodhound



a large breed of hound having a smooth glossy coat of red, tan, or black and loose wrinkled skin on its head: formerly much used in tracking and police work
informal a detective
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Word Origin and History for bloodhound



also blood-hound, type of large dog used in hunting, c.1300, from blood (n.) + hound (n.).

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