Definitions

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

  • n. A dog used for tracking or pursuing, such as a bloodhound. Also called sleuth.
  • n. A detective.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A working dog who tracks or pursues e.g. a wanted criminal
  • n. a detective, a sleuth

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A hound that tracks animals by the scent; specifically, a bloodhound.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bloodhound.

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

  • n. a breed of large powerful hound of European origin having very acute smell and used in tracking
  • n. a detective who follows a trail

Etymologies

Middle English sleuth, animal track (from Old Norse slōdh) + hound.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • To Oscar it spoke volumes, and he knew that his faithful strategist had succeeded in falling to a trail; and he knew that he would soon be on the trail like a sleuthhound following its prey.

    Cad Metti, The Female Detective Strategist Dudie Dunne Again in the Field

  • From that instant, all pretenses were abandoned, Robert was a sleuthhound on a keen scent.

    Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 5, June 1905

  • However, the methodical sleuthhound ran his quarry to earth a year or two later, just as he had put the finishing touches to his great

    Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, October 7, 1914

  • He knows absolutely nothing about the manifestations of the disorder, to begin with; but that is of no consequence, for the world is open to observation; and the note-book, the inquiring mind, and the sleuthhound patience are all as available as ever.

    My Contemporaries In Fiction

  • Jimmy above stairs and Spike Mullins below, that sleuthhound would have his hands full.

    The Gem Collector

  • Could you be a sleuthhound, Bill -- one of those that travel on their stomachs very noiselessly?

    The Red House Mystery

  • State, sleuthhound without a peer, threw up his hands in a gesture of odd hopelessness.

    The Bat

  • The detective paid no attention, his face had hardened, he seemed every inch the remorseless sleuthhound of the law.

    The Bat

  • She was working like a regular sleuthhound, now, too, slowly, picking up the trail and following it, baying as she went.

    Guy Garrick

  • "The instinct of the sleuthhound," he said to himself, "is all very well, but why on earth haven't I told Furley about the car?"

    The Devil's Paw

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