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 Dictionary entry overview: What does hound mean? 

HOUND (noun)
  The noun HOUND has 2 senses:

1. any of several breeds of dog used for hunting typically having large drooping ears
2. someone who is morally reprehensible

  Familiarity information: HOUND used as a noun is rare.

HOUND (verb)
  The verb HOUND has 1 sense:

1. pursue or chase relentlessly

  Familiarity information: HOUND used as a verb is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

HOUND (noun)

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals


hound; hound dog

Hypernyms ("hound" is a kind of...):

hunting dog (a dog used in hunting game)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "hound"):

Afghan; Afghan hound (tall graceful breed of hound with a long silky coat; native to the Near East)

greyhound (a tall slender dog of an ancient breed noted for swiftness and keen sight; used as a racing dog)

Ibizan hound; Ibizan Podenco (breed of slender agile medium-sized hound found chiefly in the Balearic Islands; said to have been bred originally by the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt)

elkhound; Norwegian elkhound (breed of compact medium-sized dog with a heavy grey coat developed in Norway for hunting elk)

otter hound; otterhound (hardy British hound having long pendulous ears and a thick coarse shaggy coat with an oily undercoat; bred for hunting otters)

gazelle hound; Saluki (old breed of tall swift keen-eyed hunting dogs resembling greyhounds; from Egypt and southwestern Asia)

deerhound; Scottish deerhound (very large and tall rough-coated dog bred for hunting deer; known as the royal dog of Scotland)

staghound (a large heavy hound formerly used in hunting stags and other large game; similar to but larger than a foxhound)

Weimaraner (large breed of hound having a smooth greyish coat; originated in Germany)

wolfhound (the largest breed of dogs; formerly used to hunt wolves)

redbone (a speedy red or red-and-tan American hound)

Plott hound (a brindle-coated American hound used in hunting bears and wild boars)

basset; basset hound (smooth-haired breed of hound with short legs and long ears)

beagle (a small short-legged smooth-coated breed of hound)

bloodhound; sleuthhound (a breed of large powerful hound of European origin having very acute smell and used in tracking)

bluetick (a very fast American hound; white mottled with bluish grey)

boarhound (large hound used in hunting wild boars)

coonhound (any of several breeds of hound developed for hunting raccoons)

foxhound (medium-sized glossy-coated hounds developed for hunting foxes)

harrier (a hound that resembles a foxhound but is smaller; used to hunt rabbits)

Holonyms ("hound" is a member of...):

pack (a group of hunting animals)

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Someone who is morally reprehensible

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people


blackguard; bounder; cad; hound; heel; dog

Context example:

you dirty dog

Hypernyms ("hound" is a kind of...):

scoundrel; villain (a wicked or evil person; someone who does evil deliberately)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "hound"):

perisher (bounder)

HOUND (verb)

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Pursue or chase relentlessly

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming


hound; hunt; trace

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "hound" is one way to...):

chase; chase after; dog; give chase; go after; tag; tail; track; trail (go after with the intent to catch)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "hound"):

ferret (hound or harry relentlessly)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

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