1 [hound]
one of any of several breeds of dogs trained to pursue game either by sight or by scent, especially one with a long face and large drooping ears.
Informal. any dog.
a mean, despicable person.
Informal. an addict or devotee: an autograph hound.
one of the pursuers in the game of hare and hounds.
verb (used with object)
to hunt or track with hounds, or as a hound does; pursue.
to pursue or harass without respite: Her little brother wouldn't stop hounding her.
to incite (a hound) to pursuit or attack; urge on.
Informal. to incite or urge (a person) to do something (usually followed by on ).
follow the hounds, Fox Hunting. to participate in a hunt, especially as a member of the field.
ride to hounds, Fox Hunting. to participate in a hunt, whether as a member of the field or of the hunt staff.

before 900; Middle English h(o)und, Old English hund; cognate with Dutch hond, Old Norse hundr, Danish, Sw hund, German Hund, Gothic hunds; akin to Latin canis, Greek kýōn (genitive kynós), Sanskrit śván (genitive śunas), Old Irish (genitive con), Welsh ci (plural cwn), Tocharian A kū, Lithuanian šuõ

hounder, noun
houndish, houndy, adjective
houndlike, adjective
unhounded, adjective

6. dog, follow, chase, trail; tail. 7. pester, annoy, persecute, bully.
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2 [hound]
Nautical. either of a pair of fore-and-aft members at the lower end of the head of a mast, for supporting the trestletrees, that support an upper mast at its heel. Compare cheek ( def 12 ).
a horizontal bar or brace, usually one of a pair, for strengthening the running gear of a horse-drawn wagon or the like.

1175–1225; Middle English hūn < Old Norse hūnn knob at the masthead

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hound1 (haʊnd)
1.  a.  any of several breeds of dog used for hunting
 b.  (in combination): an otterhound; a deerhound
2.  the hounds a pack of foxhounds, etc
3.  a dog, esp one regarded as annoying
4.  a despicable person
5.  (in hare and hounds) a runner who pursues a hare
6.  slang chiefly (US), (Canadian) an enthusiast: an autograph hound
7.  short for houndfish See also nursehound
8.  ride to hounds, follow the hounds to take part in a fox hunt with hounds
9.  to pursue or chase relentlessly
10.  to urge on
[Old English hund; related to Old High German hunt, Old Norse hundr, Gothic hunds]

hound2 (haʊnd)
1.  either of a pair of horizontal bars that reinforce the running gear of a horse-drawn vehicle
2.  nautical either of a pair of fore-and-aft braces that serve as supports for a topmast
[C15: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse hūnn knob, cube]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. hund "dog," from P.Gmc. *khundas (cf. Ger. Hund, O.N. hundr, Goth. hunds), from PIE *kuntos, dental enlargement of base *kwon- "dog" (see canine). Meaning narrowed 12c. to "dog used for hunting." The verb sense of "urge on, incite" is first attested 1528, that of "pursue
relentlessly" is first recorded 1605.
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Idioms & Phrases


see run with (the hare, hunt with the hounds).

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Example sentences
He insisted he was perfectly alert and lucid, adding that he was not a
  publicity hound, either.
The aim is to keep your hound's mood meter in the green.
The beggar is the enemy of the hound and the hound of the beggar.
The well-bred hound if he does not hunt to-day will to-morrow.
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