1. based on the negative characteristics of the dog, synon. with dog n.2 (1)
(a) an unpleasant person.
|High Life Below Stairs I iii: Freeman is a stingy Hound [...] He dines here three Times a Week, and I never saw the Colour of his Money yet.|
|London Hermit (1794) 9: You hound, I was your friend when you hadn’t another.|
|Poetical Vagaries 12: Master Daw, that chubby, stupid hound.‘An Ode to We; A Hackney’d Critick’|
|Jack Ashore II 118: A mean-looking, drunken hound, that has just married his trollop.|
|Little Ragamuffin 206: Be off, you young hound.|
|Dead Men’s Shoes II 284: I should be an ungrateful hound if I were to forget that for a moment.|
|(con. c.1840) Huckleberry Finn 98: You’re the meanest, treacherousest hound in this country.|
|Bushranger’s Sweetheart 9: To the devil [...] Where else can a useless hound like myself go?|
|In London’s Heart 294: ‘If it hadn’t been for this hound I’d have stretched one of you out.’ He glanced contemptuously at the prostrate form of his accomplice.|
|In Bad Company 17: I expect you’re loafing on your mate, who’s a decent fellow, and the sooner he parts company with a hound like you, the better.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 7 Nov. 47/2: But one day he came into the office with tears and fury in his eyes. ‘They’ve beheaded her!’ he said. ‘The blanky hounds have murdered her!’.|
|Brooklyn Murders (1933) 61: I took a taxi to the Piccadilly Theatre, where I saw that young hound, Prinsep.|
|Tramp-Royal on the Toby 10: You cheeky young hound!|
|Sudden Takes the Trail 147: If that hell-hound hadn’t showed up ...|
|Fowlers End (2001) 273: You always were a dirty stinking hound.|
|Thinner (1986) 242: I call you a whore [...] your father an asshole-licking toilet hound.|
(b) a gangster, a hoodlum.
|Annals of S.F. 226: These outrages, perpetuated usually at night [...] were so frequent that the ‘hounds’ became a terror to all well-disposed people of the town. They invaded the stores, taverns, and houses of the Americans themselves and demanded whatever they desired.|
|(con. 1872) Barbary Coast 151: The Sacramento Weekly Union of February 24 asked editorially if the boys of the city were to be ‘trained as polite loafers, street hounds, hoodlums, or bummers?’.|
|Fings II i: Sid reckons Collins just raided the boozer round the corner and nicked a load of the ’ounds.|
|Daily Mail 18 May in Norman’s London (1969) 94: The hounds confine themselves for the most part to themselves.in|
|Hazell and the Three-card Trick (1977) 137: Not bad, was it, from a swindling little hound like him.|
|Layer Cake 56: He’s just a fuckin hound, loads of previous for petty thievin and jumpin bail, in and out of the boob and the detox, a recidivist waster.|
|Viva La Madness 51: They’re just a coupla hounds, nil class.|
(c) (US black) an indiscriminatingly promiscuous man.
|Negro Workaday Songs 67: Dere’s a creeper hangin’ roun’, / I’m gwiner git ’im, I be boun’. [...] An’ I be listenin’ fer dat houn’, / Dat leadin’ houn’.|
|G.S. Schuyler Black No More (1971) 114: Well, you lucky hound!|
|(con. 1920s–30s) Youngblood (1956) 411: Old Youngblood’s a dog [...] He’s really a hound.|
|(con. 1930s) Lawd Today 76: Ain’t it funny about folks what’s got T.B. They a hound for women [...] He’s a hound dog from way back yonder.|
|Campus Sl. Mar. 4: hound – a promiscuous male.|
|Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 43: Sharon had [...] launched us on the way to becoming serious hounds.|
|(con. 1964–8) Cold Six Thousand 49: Jack [Kennedy] had hound blood. Wayne Senior said so. Martin Luther King fucked white chicks.|
|Wire ser. 3 ep. 8 [TV script] How did you do it? Go non-stop hound on your ex like that?‘Moral Midgetry’|
|Viva La Madness 43: Evey’s taken up with some hound down there.|
|Crongton Knights 18: ‘You’d better not go on like a hound when you meet her’.|
(d) (Aus.) a lazy, good-for-nothing person.
|(con. 1920s) History Workshop 23: The junction of Paddington Street and Campbell Road became [...] a focus for the eveing life of the ‘hounds’, the Bunk’s street-corner men.‘Campbell Bunk’ in|
|Haxby’s Circus 33: Where’s Lil? [...] The lazy hound! She ought to give you a hand, Gina. She’s always sneaking out of things and prowling round with that damned trapezist.|
|Odd Spot of Bother 128: The cheeky hound put it back on the table.|
(e) (US) a coward.
|Tattoo the Wicked Cross (1981) 228: The Buzzer is a real hound when it comes to giving up some of his black booty for a bully job.|
(f) (Aus. prison) an informer.
|Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. [Internet] Hound. Informer.|
(g) an unattractive woman.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 144: Other derogatory terms for women liken their unattractiveness to animals [...] Terms like dog, hound, bear, beast.|
|Acid House 96: This auld hound seemed to believe that being referred to as an Abercrombie [etc.].‘Where the Debris Meets the Sea’ in|
|Grits 453: You truly ar the werst fuckin dog av ever ad the horrer of shaggin. I’ve been with some fuckin hounds like, but you wer by far the werst.|
|PS, I Scored the Bridesmaids 204: Ciara and Oisinn’s hound, this Shona one.|
2. (US) an enthusiast, a devotee [-hound sfx].
|Ten-Thousand-Dollar Arm 211: If he had n’t been a booze hound, he ’d have been the greatest pitcher in the world.‘The Comeback’ in|
|Hand-made Fables 2: As a Host, good old Fred was a Hound.|
|Hard-Boiled Detective (1977) 72: He was an autograph hound.‘Kansas City Flash’ in Ruhm|
|‘Boogie Woogie Comes To Town’ [lyrics] I’m a Boogie Woogie hound.|
|Under A Hoodoo Moon 163: I always got a kick out of that old jive-hound’s name [...] He billed himself as ‘Prophet Greene from New Orleans’.|
|(con. 1980s) Skagboys 177: Maria was keener than he thought; not just sexually, but a proper hound for the junk.|
3. (US black) a Greyhound Corporation bus.
|Swinging Syllables n.p.: Hound – Bus.|
|‘Promised Land’ [lyrics] Straddled that Greyhound, rode him past Raleigh, / On across Caroline. [...] Half way ’cross Alabam, / And that ’hound broke down and left us all stranded.|
|It (1987) 37: He would simply walk next door, get on a ’hound, and see how things looked down in Florida.|
|Blossom 238: I’m going back on the ground, ride the ’Hound.|
|Scraping by in the Big Eighties 133: People who ride the Hound shouldn’t be allowed off.|
4. (US) ‘the daylights’, ‘the stuffing’; thus kick/knock the hound out of.
|Sometimes a Great Notion 542: I’ll...kick the hound outa him.|
|A Night with the Hants 24: [...] well, they’d just take you out and beat the hound out of you.|
(Irish) to deceive, to trick.
|Destinies of Darcy Dancer, Gentleman [ebook] You little bastard. Don’t come the hound with m.|
|Time Was (1981) Act II: What you told us, you weren’t coming the hound? I mean, that Arab was on a camel when he shot you?|