hound

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noun

verb (used with object)


Idioms

    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

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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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Examples from the Web for hounded

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.

    Victory

    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

hound

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noun

  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

hound

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noun

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

hound

n.

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."

hound

v.

"hunt with hounds," 1520s, from hound (v.). Sense of "pursue relentlessly" is first recorded c.1600. Related: Hounded; hounding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with hounded

hound

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

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