noun Nautical.

the portion of a lower mast between the cheeks or hounds and the deck.
the portion of an upper mast between the cap of the mast below and the hounds above.
the part of a bowsprit projecting beyond the stem.

Origin of hounding

First recorded in 1850–55; hound2 + -ing1




one of any of several breeds of dogs trained to pursue game either by sight or by scent, especially one with a long face and large drooping ears.
Informal. any dog.
a mean, despicable person.
Informal. an addict or devotee: an autograph hound.
one of the pursuers in the game of hare and hounds.

verb (used with object)

to hunt or track with hounds, or as a hound does; pursue.
to pursue or harass without respite: Her little brother wouldn't stop hounding her.
to incite (a hound) to pursuit or attack; urge on.
Informal. to incite or urge (a person) to do something (usually followed by on).

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

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  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 hounding



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 hounding


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

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