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a. A domestic dog of any of various breeds commonly used for hunting, characteristically having drooping ears, a short coat, and a deep resonant voice.
b. A dog.
2. A contemptible person; a scoundrel.
a. One who eagerly pursues something: a gossip hound.
b. A devotee or an enthusiast: a coffee hound.
tr.v. hound·ed, hound·ing, hounds
1. To pursue relentlessly and tenaciously: The suspect was hounded by the police for weeks.
a. To make repeated demands of or subject to persistent criticism: Her parents hounded her until she agreed to look for a better job. See Synonyms at harass.
b. To pressure or force from a place or situation: accusations that hounded him out of office.

[Middle English, from Old English hund; see kwon- in Indo-European roots.]

hound′er n.
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References in classic literature ?
In dark winter mornings, or in short winter afternoons, I sometimes heard a pack of hounds threading all the woods with hounding cry and yelp, unable to resist the instinct of the chase, and the note of the hunting-horn at intervals, proving that man was in the rear.
Late in the afternoon, as he was resting in the thick woods south of Walden, he heard the voice of the hounds far over toward Fair Haven still pursuing the fox; and on they came, their hounding cry which made all the woods ring sounding nearer and nearer, now from Well Meadow, now from the Baker Farm.
Our hounding each other is only aiding and abetting the enemy."