Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of a breed of tall slender dog, having a smooth coat, a narrow head, and long legs and capable of running swiftly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A lean breed of dog used in hunting and racing.
  • n. A highball cocktail of vodka and grapefruit juice.
  • v. To leap rapidly across the surface of the water.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A slender, graceful breed of dogs, remarkable for keen sight and swiftness. It is one of the oldest varieties known, and is figured on the Egyptian monuments.
  • n. A swift steamer, esp. an ocean steamer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tall, very slender, fleet dog, kept for the chase, remarkable for the symmetrical strength and beauty of its form, its keen sight, and its great fleetness.
  • n. Figuratively, a fast-sailing ship, especially an ocean passenger-steamship.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a tall slender dog of an ancient breed noted for swiftness and keen sight; used as a racing dog

Etymologies

Middle English grehound, from Old English grīghund : grīg, gray + hund, hound; see hound.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English grīġhund, from an unclear first element (not related to grey) + hund ("hound"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Cylart was sometimes referred to as being a greyhound, but only because any large dog who was not too square or bulky was often called a greyhound at that time in much the same way that many people today refer to all breeds of northern dogs with bushy hair, a pointed face, pricked ears, and a plumed tail that is carried curved over its back as a “Husky”.

    The Pawprints of History

  • One oversized handler has a pencil-thin Italian greyhound at the end of a leash.

    WORLDMag.com

  • Weighing up to 80 tons and almost twice the length of a school bus, the massive fin whale -- known as the greyhound of the sea for its swimming speed -- was the victim of decades of commercial slaughter that killed the whales by the tens of thousands each year.

    Joel Reynolds: Sanction Iceland, the World's Whaling Outlaw

  • The tail of a greyhound is his rudder and his brake, and the sight is most laughable when a whole pack of them are trying to stop, each tail whirling around like a Dutch windmill.

    Army Letters from an Officer's Wife, 1871-1888

  • The man and the greyhound are the same witless breed, the kind that achieve a result by their clean-limbed elegance alone.

    The Art of the Moving Picture

  • Van Dyck has painted the two with what might be called a greyhound brush-stroke, a style of handling that is nothing but courtly convention and strut to the point of genius.

    The Art of the Moving Picture

  • A greyhound is a fortunate object to see in your dream.

    What's in a Dream: A Scientific and Practical Interpretation of Dreams

  • Part of an antelope was suspended against one of the main props of the hut, nor was it difficult to know how it had been procured; for a large stag greyhound, nobler in size and appearance than those even which guarded King Richard's sick-bed, lay eyeing the process of baking the cake.

    The Talisman

  • The greyhound was the favourite dog of the Cunliffe family and Sir Foster had the four sculptures installed at the top.

    BBC News - Home

  • If you think a greyhound might be a good choice for you, take advantage of one of

    SFGate: Top News Stories

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