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Dictionary Definition



1 any of several breeds of dog used for hunting typically having large drooping ears [syn: hound dog]
2 someone who is morally reprehensible; "you dirty dog" [syn: cad, bounder, blackguard, dog, heel] v : pursue or chase relentlessly; "The hunters traced the deer into the woods"; "the detectives hounded the suspect until they found the him" [syn: hunt, trace]

User Contributed Dictionary



etyl ang hund, from , from , a variant of .


  • /haʊnd/, /haUnd/
  • Rhymes with: -aʊnd


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


a dog


  1. To persistently harass.


to hound
  • Bulgarian: измъчвам, тормозя
  • German: belästigen

Extensive Definition

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 with the retriever, which recovers shot quarry.
There are three types of hound, with several breeds belonging to each type:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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