American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One of a breed of hounds with a smooth coat, drooping ears, sagging jowls, and a keen sense of smell.
- n. Informal A relentless pursuer.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A variety of dog with long, smooth, and pendulous ears, remarkable for the acuteness of its smell, and employed to recover game or prey which has escaped, tracing a wounded animal by the blood it has spilled (whence its name), or by any other effluvium or halitus left on a trail which it follows by scent. There are several varieties of this animal, as the English, the Cuban, and the African bloodhound. Bloodhounds are often trained not only to the pursuit of game, but also of man, as of fugitive criminals; in the United States they were formerly employed in hunting fugitive slaves.
- n. Figuratively, a man who hunts for blood; a relentless persecutor.
- n. A large scenthound famed for its ability to follow a scent many days old, over vast distances. This dog is often used as a police dog to track missing people, fleeing suspects, or escaped prisoners.
- n. figuratively A detective or other person skilled at finding people or clues.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A breed of large and powerful dogs, with long, smooth, and pendulous ears, and remarkable for acuteness of smell. It is employed to recover game or prey which has escaped wounded from a hunter, and for tracking criminals. Formerly it was used for pursuing runaway slaves. Other varieties of dog are often used for the same purpose and go by the same name. The Cuban bloodhound is said to be a variety of the mastiff.
- n. a breed of large powerful hound of European origin having very acute smell and used in tracking
- From Middle English blodhound, blodhond, equivalent to blood + hound. Cognate with Dutch bloedhond ("bloodhound"), Middle Low German blōthunt ("bloodhound"), German Bluthund ("bloodhound"), Danish blodhund ("bloodhound"), Swedish blodhund ("bloodhound"). The detective sense follows from the dog's ability to follow a trail. (Wiktionary)
“LYNCH: Well, the bloodhound has been a great resource for us, and has tracked multiple scents.”
“The bloodhound was an amiable fellow, not half as bright as Bingle, but nevertheless excellent at his work.”
“It was natural, of course, that he should be called a bloodhound; and it did not occur to any one in Regina that his height, his fleetness, and his shaggy black and iron-gray coat were anything but typical of the bloodhound.”
“Her husband said nothing, and began to talk of something else; but the next morning he ordered his horse, took his spear, called his bloodhound, and set off for the castle.”
“I was born with the olfactory powers of a bloodhound, which is a blessing at fine restaurants but not in the city of Sulaimani, or Suli, in Iraqi Kurdistan.”
“Just let your "bloodhound" use Google Jobs are out there!”
“Van der Walt, who described himself as a "bloodhound," was in the witness box for 16 days.”
“And in a room that was quiet and sunny, working with a little complacent pucker of the lips occasionally, or raising his eyebrows and adjusting his spectacles in a pause of doubt, he looked anything but sinister, anything but the traditional "bloodhound" on the train in a man-hunt.”
“Van der Walt, who described himself as a "bloodhound" to Judge”
“Some because they are drawn by the fine lure of adventure and the urge of the restless spirit, some because they are driven by that bloodhound which is the law.”
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