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or gray·hound

  1. one of a breed of tall, slender, short-haired dogs, noted for its keen sight and swiftness.
  2. a swift ship, especially a fast ocean liner.
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Origin of greyhound

before 1000; Middle English greihund, grehund, grihund, Old English grīghund < Old Norse greyhundr; compare Old Norse grey bitch; see hound1
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  • Whereat Hugh cheered and laughed, and ran off like a greyhound.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • She strained at the warps that held her like a greyhound at its leash.

  • He was a slight man with the face and figure of a greyhound.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • A white figure had turned the road by the sundial, and was coming on with the step of a greyhound.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • Then he took to long, greyhound leaps and we had to chase him.

British Dictionary definitions for greyhound


  1. a tall slender fast-moving dog of an ancient breed originally used for coursing
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Word Origin and History for greyhound


Old English grighund, from grig- "bitch" + hund "dog" (see hound (n.)). The name usually is said to have nothing to do with color, and most are not gray. The Old Norse form of the word is preserved in Hjalti's couplet that almost sparked war between pagans and Christians in early Iceland:

Vilkat goð geyja
grey þykkjumk Freyja

I will not blaspheme the gods,
but I think Freyja is a bitch
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