Origin of hounding
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
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Examples from the Web for hounding
And we are, to my knowledge, the only nation that has hounding down joy written into our foundational documents.What Did TJ Mean By “Pursuit of Happiness,” Anyway?
P. J. O’Rourke
June 8, 2014
Once we get out into the real world, we continue to follow their every step, hounding them everywhere.Scarlett Johansson is an Alien Seductress in ‘Under the Skin’
April 3, 2014
Also, for those of you hounding me about how I can keep supporting Romney, that post will go up tomorrow.Reader Responses to David's Romney Endorsement
November 1, 2012
Hounding Sanford out of office in this moment of maximum pain and political damage could have a similar effect in South Carolina.Sanford Should NOT Resign
June 25, 2009
But like Spitzer in New York, hounding him out of office now would prompt resignation remorse later.The Sanford Affair
The Daily Beast
June 25, 2009
William knew this; yet here he was, hounding me out of the club!
It will be the last plot of the Jesuits, who are hounding to death poor Leo.The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882
Why should he be hounding me like a wild beast, if it were not for your sake?Modern Icelandic Plays
No; delivered by some confounded bailiff, who's been hounding me.Rhoda Fleming, Complete
Miss Whiteside had no particular reason for hounding and persecuting me.Hungry Hearts
- any of several breeds of dog used for hunting
- (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
- to pursue or chase relentlessly
- to urge on
- 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 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.
Idioms and Phrases with hounding
see run with (the hare, hunt with the hounds).