What does hound mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hound, hound dognoun

    any of several breeds of dog used for hunting typically having large drooping ears

  2. cad, bounder, blackguard, dog, hound, heelverb

    someone who is morally reprehensible

    "you dirty dog"

  3. hound, hunt, traceverb

    pursue or chase relentlessly

    "The hunters traced the deer into the woods"; "the detectives hounded the suspect until they found him"


  1. houndnoun

    A dog, particularly a breed with a good sense of smell developed for hunting other animals. (Hunt hound, Hunting hound, hunting dog, hunter)

  2. houndnoun

    Someone who seeks something.

  3. houndnoun

    A male who constantly seeks the company of receptive females. In more recent times, hound has been replaced by dog but the sense remains the same.

  4. houndverb

    To persistently harass.

    He hounded me for weeks, but I was simply unable to pay back his loan.

  5. Etymology: honde < hund, from hundaz (confer West Frisian hûn, Dutch hond, German Hund), from pre-Germanic *ḱu̯n̥-tós (confer Latvian sùnt-ene), englargement of ḱwṓ (cf. Welsh cwn, Tocharian AB ku, Lithuanian šuo).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. HOUNDnoun

    A dog used in the chase.

    Etymology: hund, Saxon; hund, Scottish.

    Hounds and greyhounds, mungrels, spaniels, curs,
    Are cleped all by the name of dogs. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Jason threw, but fail’d to wound
    The boar, and slew an undeserving hound,
    And through the dog the dart was nail’d to ground. Dryd.

    The kind spaniel and the faithful hound,
    Likest that fox in shape and species found,
    Pursues the noted path and covets home. Matthew Prior.

  2. To Houndverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    God is said to harden the heart permissively, but not operatively nor effectively; as he who only lets loose a greyhound out of the slip, is said to hound him at the hare. John Bramhall.

    If the wolves had been hounded by tygers, they should have worried them. Roger L'Estrange.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Houndnoun

    a variety of the domestic dog, usually having large, drooping ears, esp. one which hunts game by scent, as the foxhound, bloodhound, deerhound, but also used for various breeds of fleet hunting dogs, as the greyhound, boarhound, etc

  2. Houndnoun

    a despicable person

  3. Houndnoun

    a houndfish

  4. Houndnoun

    projections at the masthead, serving as a support for the trestletrees and top to rest on

  5. Houndnoun

    a side bar used to strengthen portions of the running gear of a vehicle

  6. Houndverb

    to set on the chase; to incite to pursuit; as, to hounda dog at a hare; to hound on pursuers

  7. Houndverb

    to hunt or chase with hounds, or as with hounds

  8. Etymology: [OE. hound, hund, dog, AS. hund; akin to OS. & OFries. hund, D. hond, G. hund, OHG. hunt, Icel. hundr, Dan. & Sw. hund, Goth. hunds, and prob. to Lith. sz, Ir. & Gael. cu, L. canis, Gr. , , Skr. van. 229. Cf. Canine, Cynic, Kennel.]


  1. Hound

    A hound is a type of dog that assists hunters by tracking or chasing the animal being hunted. It can be contrasted with the gun dog, which assists hunters by identifying the location of prey and/or recovers shot quarry. There are three types of hound, with several breeds belonging to each type:

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hound

    hownd, n. a dog used in hunting: a cur: a caitiff.—v.t. to set on in chase: to hunt: to urge, pursue, harass (with on).—ns. Hound′fish, same as Dogfish; Hounds′-berr′y, the common dogwood; Hound's′-tongue, a plant, so called from the shape of its leaves.—Gabriel hounds, a popular name for the noise made by distant curlews, ascribed to damned souls whipped on by the angel Gabriel; Master of hounds, the master of a pack of hounds. [A.S. hund; Gr. kyōn, kynos, L. canis, Sans. çvan.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hound in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hound in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of hound in a Sentence

  1. Nikita Khrushchev:

    If you live among dogs, keep a stick. After all, this is what a hound has teeth for-to bite when he feels like it (On military preparedness)

  2. George John Whyte-Melville:

    Then drink, puppy, drink, and let ev'ry puppy drink, That is old enough to lap and to swallow; For he'll grow into a hound, so we'll pass the bottle round, And merrily we'll whoop and we'll holloa.

  3. Hound Labs ':

    We aren't measuring impairment, we're measuring THC in breath where The Hound device lasts a very short period of time, providing objective data about THC in breath to law enforcement and employers to use in conjunction with other information they have gathered.

  4. Sir Thomas More:

    Whoever loveth me, loveth my hound.

  5. Ken Burns:

    We say about Country Music,' Oh, Country Music's about pickup trucks and good ole boys and hound dogs and six packs of beer.' And that is a part, but a very small subgenre of Country Music.

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    showing intellectual penetration or emotional depth
    • A. tight
    • B. nasty
    • C. profound
    • D. hatched

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