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  1. a mythical watchdog of hell.
  2. a fiendish person.
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Origin of hellhound

before 900; Middle English, Old English helle hund; see hell, hound1
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Examples from the Web for hellhound

Historical Examples

  • Is this your discipline, when you should be as silent as cats in a kitchen, hellhound!

    Horse-Shoe Robinson

    John Pendleton Kennedy

  • A thrilling struggle ensued between Merton and the hellhound of justice.

    Merton of the Movies

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • The Leipsic hellhound thus consigned to Belzebub was, of course, Peters.

  • What mysterious enemy pursued him, or rather pursued the monarchy like a hellhound?

    The Hero of the People

    Alexandre Dumas

  • Barricading serves not: fly fast, ye Bodyguards; rabid Insurrection, like the hellhound Chase, uproaring at your heels!

    The French Revolution

    Thomas Carlyle

British Dictionary definitions for hellhound


  1. a hound of hell
  2. 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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