verb (used with object)


    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 hound

before 900; Middle English h(o)und, Old English hund; cognate with Dutch hond, Old Norse hundr, Danish, Swedish hund, German Hund, Gothic hunds; akin to Latin canis, Greek kýōn (genitive kynós), Sanskrit śván (genitive śunas), Old Irish (genitive con), Welsh ci (plural cwn), Tocharian A kū, Lithuanian šuõ
Related formshound·er, nounhound·ish, hound·y, adjectivehound·like, adjectiveun·hound·ed, adjective

Synonyms for hound

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Contemporary Examples of hounded

Historical Examples of hounded

  • Why, they've hounded you and bullied you until they've made you think you are bad, Andrew.

  • And have it said that a mob of newspapers have hounded me to it.

  • I've been hounded out of my sphere by people very much like that fellow.


    Joseph Conrad

  • Ye've hounded me and harried me through th' woods all th' year!

    Blazed Trail Stories

    Stewart Edward White

  • For nine months Richard hounded his minions on, but they dared not bite.

    Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln

    Charles L. Marson

British Dictionary definitions for hounded




  1. any of several breeds of dog used for hunting
  2. (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

verb (tr)

to pursue or chase relentlessly
to urge on
Derived Formshounder, noun

Word Origin for hound

Old English hund; related to Old High German hunt, Old Norse hundr, Gothic hunds




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 for hound

C15: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse hūnn knob, cube
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Word Origin and History for hounded



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.

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Idioms and Phrases with hounded


see run with (the hare, hunt with the hounds).

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