[stound, stoond]


Archaic. a short time; short while.

verb (used with or without object)

Chiefly Scot. to pain; hurt.

Origin of stound

before 1000; (noun) Middle English sto(u)nd, Old English stund space of time; cognate with German Stunde, Old Norse stund hour; (v.) Middle English stunden to stay, remain for a stound, derivative of the noun; akin to stand Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stound

Historical Examples of stound

  • "Your father is nothing but an ache and a stound to you, lass," Sim would say in a whimper.

  • I'd be nothing but an ache and a stound to the lass, as I've olas been—nothing but an ache and a stound to them all.

  • Stound; a stroke that suddenly over-powers and produces faintness.

  • Suddenly there was a shock and stound all over the vessel, her progress was stopped, and a rocking vibration was felt everywhere.

    A Dark Night's Work

    Elizabeth Gaskell

  • I felt a stound of anguish at the words that might in other circumstances have been true but now were so remote from it.

British Dictionary definitions for stound


noun British dialect

a short while; instant
a pang or pain

Word Origin for stound

Old English stund; related to Old High German stunta period of time, hour
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