[ slooth-hound ]
See synonyms for sleuthhound on
  1. a bloodhound.

  2. a detective.

Origin of sleuthhound

1325–75; Middle English sloth track, trail (<Old Norse slōth) + hound1

Words Nearby sleuthhound Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sleuthhound in a sentence

  • This explains why the dog has sometimes been called a sleuthhound; that is, a dog set upon a sleuth, or trail.

    Landseer | Estelle M. Hurll
  • Its speciality—or, if you like, its oddity—was this merciless mercy; the unrelenting sleuthhound who seeks to save and not slay.

    A Miscellany of Men | G. K. Chesterton
  • From that instant, all pretenses were abandoned, Robert was a sleuthhound on a keen scent.

  • Enoch Standring had something of the sleuthhound in his nature.

    The Day of Judgment | Joseph Hocking
  • It was the first messenger from Will Leatherbarrow, who hung like a sleuthhound on the trail.

    Legends of Longdendale | Thomas Middleton

British Dictionary definitions for sleuthhound


/ (ˈsluːθˌhaʊnd) /

  1. a dog trained to track people, esp a bloodhound

  2. an informal word for detective

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