[ huhnt ]
/ hʌnt /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Nearby words

  1. hunky,
  2. hunky-dory,
  3. hunner's ulcer,
  4. hunnish,
  5. huns,
  6. hunt and peck,
  7. hunt board,
  8. hunt button,
  9. hunt down,
  10. hunt the slipper

Origin of hunt

before 1000; (v.) Middle English hunten, Old English huntian, derivative of hunta hunter, akin to hentan to pursue; (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.

Related forms


[ huhnts-uhp ]
/ ˈhʌntsˈʌp /


(formerly) a call played on a hunting horn in the morning to rouse and assemble the participants in a hunt.

Origin of hunt's-up

1530–40; from phrase (the) hunt is up Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for hunt up

hunt up

verb (adverb)

(tr) to search for, esp successfullyI couldn't hunt up a copy of it anywhere
(intr) (of a bell) to be rung progressively earlier during a set of changes


/ (hʌnt) /



Derived Formshuntedly, adverb

Word Origin for hunt

Old English huntian; related to Old English hentan, Old Norse henda to grasp


/ (hʌnt) /


Henry, known as Orator Hunt . 1773–1835, British radical, who led the mass meeting that ended in the Peterloo Massacre (1819)
(William) Holman. 1827–1910, British painter; a founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (1848)
James. 1947–93, British motor-racing driver: world champion 1976
(Henry Cecil) John, Baron. 1910–98, British army officer and mountaineer. He planned and led the expedition that first climbed Mount Everest (1953)
(James Henry) Leigh (liː). 1784–1859, British poet and essayist: a founder of The Examiner (1808) in which he promoted the work of Keats and Shelley
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Word Origin and History for hunt up
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with hunt up


see happy hunting ground; high and low, (hunt); run with (the hare, hunt with the hounds).

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