[woo lf-hound]

Origin of wolfhound

First recorded in 1780–90; wolf + hound1
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Examples from the Web for wolfhound

Historical Examples of wolfhound

  • The wolfhound started forward as though to leap, then settled back.

  • They had been a little like the wolfhound's, a sort of wistful gold-brown.

    The Rose Garden Husband

    Margaret Widdemer

  • That dog is a pure cross between a Siberian wolfhound and a Newfoundland.

    That Pup

    Ellis Parker Butler

  • In her movements she was, of course, infinitely slower than her wolfhound mate.


    A. J. Dawson

  • Thus, in color and texture of coat Jan was neither all wolfhound nor all bloodhound.


    A. J. Dawson

British Dictionary definitions for wolfhound


  1. the largest breed of dog, used formerly to hunt wolves
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