a mythical watchdog of hell.
a fiendish person.

Origin of hellhound

before 900; Middle English, Old English helle hund; see hell, hound1
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a hound of hell
a fiend
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Word Origin and History for hellhound

also hell-hound, "wicked person;" also "Cerberus," Old English hellehund; see hell + hound.

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