Definition of wolfhound in English:



  • A dog of a large breed originally used to hunt wolves.

    • ‘The current ‘dogmobile’ for Denise's two wolfhounds and one lurcher is an ageing Peugeot 806.’
    • ‘The English hounds, bred in royal courts during the 15th and 16th century, were high-legged, strong animals probably originating from the crossing of English mastiffs with Irish greyhounds and wolfhounds.’
    • ‘According to police, the little girl was playing a few steps behind her father when she was set upon by two wolfhounds.’
    • ‘Melvin Wilcox also denied the allegations and described one of his wolfhounds as ‘docile’ and a ‘pussycat’.’
    • ‘He also enraged the Marquise by referring to her as Petticoat III (Petticoats I and II being Maria-Theresa and the Empress Elizabeth of Russia) and by calling the wolfhound who slept in his bed his Pompadour.’
    • ‘Chulrua translates from the Irish as ‘red back,’ and was the name and distinguishing feature of the favourite wolfhound belonging to ancient Irish hero Fionn MacCumhaill.’
    • ‘They neither of them moved as the outline of a young man moved in and out of focus, lovingly petting the bronze wolfhound.’
    • ‘As he made his way to the back door of the rich man's house, he thought briefly of the wolfhounds that the now middle-aged bachelor had owned.’
    • ‘The door was closed, so the wolfhounds would not even see him, and the room that he had happened to break into was a full pantry!’
    • ‘Indeed a wolfhound bred by Fr. Kennedy in Rosenallis found its home with the Kennedys in the Whitehouse.’
    • ‘It's nicely done up with antique nicknacks but most times everyone is gathered in a rather chaotic kitchen, where you might get a bite to eat - if the wolfhound doesn't grab it off the table first.’
    • ‘Being a man of little culture myself, I was always of the impression that the dreaded Alsations, beast requiring the utmost caution, were descendants of the infamous wolfhound and came from somewhere near Alsace.’
    • ‘Henry VII had a Welsh dragon and a wolfhound on his heraldic insignia.’
    • ‘The wolfhound began wagging his tail and barked at her, as if to say hello.’
    • ‘The Celtic revival in the world of arts and crafts meant an abundance of round towers, shamrocks and wolfhounds, all of which graced the postcards.’
    • ‘She could feel the words inside of her, leaping to get out like wolfhounds tug at their leashes when they smell prey.’
    • ‘He turned around and headed to a small courtyard where a young man sat, brushing a wolfhound.’
    • ‘Each man had an animal of some sort close to him; one had a hawk, another a wolfhound.’
    • ‘Among her most talented contemporaries, Philpot can seem like a wolfhound among housecats: she wants lines and poems as urgent and as resistant to intellect as her favored subjects, and at her best she gets them.’
    • ‘One of them, Mingan, even has a wolfhound that follows him around everywhere and warns him when danger's near.’