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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [hound]
    • /haʊnd/
    • /haʊnd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [hound]
    • /haʊnd/

Definitions of hound word

  • noun 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). 1
  • noun hound a horizontal bar or brace, usually one of a pair, for strengthening the running gear of a horse-drawn wagon or the like. 1
  • verb with object hound to hunt or track with hounds, or as a hound does; pursue. 1
  • verb with object hound to pursue or harass without respite: Her little brother wouldn't stop hounding her. 1
  • verb with object hound to incite (a hound) to pursuit or attack; urge on. 1
  • verb with object hound Informal. to incite or urge (a person) to do something (usually followed by on). 1

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Origin of hound

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English h(o)und, Old English hund; cognate with Dutch hond, Old Norse hundr, Danish, Swedish hund, German Hund, Gothic hunds; akin to Latin canis, Greek kýōn (genitive kynós), Sanskrit śván (genitive śunas), Old Irish cú (genitive con), Welsh ci (plural cwn), Tocharian A kū, Lithuanian šuõ

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Parts of speech for Hound


hound popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 95% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for hound

verb hound

  • annoy — If someone or something annoys you, it makes you fairly angry and impatient.
  • pursue — to follow in order to overtake, capture, kill, etc.; chase.
  • bother — If you do not bother to do something or if you do not bother with it, you do not do it, consider it, or use it because you think it is unnecessary or because you are too lazy.
  • pester — to bother persistently with petty annoyances; trouble: Don't pester me with your trivial problems.
  • goad — a stick with a pointed or electrically charged end, for driving cattle, oxen, etc.; prod.

noun hound

  • wolfhound — any of several large dogs used in hunting wolves.
  • deerhound — a very large rough-coated breed of dog of the greyhound type
  • foxhound — any of several breeds of medium-sized hounds trained to hunt foxes and having a glossy coat in combinations of black, tan, and white.
  • greyhound — one of a breed of tall, slender, short-haired dogs, noted for its keen sight and swiftness.
  • beagle — A beagle is a short-haired black and brown dog with long ears and short legs. It is kept as a pet or sometimes used for hunting.

Antonyms for hound

verb hound

  • aid — Aid is money, equipment, or services that are provided for people, countries, or organizations who need them but cannot provide them for themselves.
  • soothe — to tranquilize or calm, as a person or the feelings; relieve, comfort, or refresh: soothing someone's anger; to soothe someone with a hot drink.
  • ignore — to refrain from noticing or recognizing: to ignore insulting remarks.
  • dissuade — to deter by advice or persuasion; persuade not to do something (often followed by from): She dissuaded him from leaving home.
  • repress — to keep under control, check, or suppress (desires, feelings, actions, tears, etc.).

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