Definition of hellhound in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhelˌhound/ /ˈhɛlˌhaʊnd/


  • A demon in the form of a dog.

    ‘Players will encounter hellhounds, werewolves, vampires, hobbits, ghosts, barbarians and demigorgons.’
    • ‘The council slowly and with much detail gave the barbarians information of the hellhound that the elves had accidentally summoned and what had befallen their tribe.’
    • ‘Constantly haunted by images of hellhounds, loneliness, and an unreasonable wanderlust, Johnson lived hand to mouth, playing at plantations, house parties and street corners.’
    • ‘PJ Harvey, particularly, sings as if hellhounds are on her trail.’
    • ‘The hellhounds bared their teeth in a canine laugh.’
    • ‘What pack of demonic hellhounds brought you into this world?’
    • ‘It is Sir Charles' mysterious death in the grounds of Baskerville Hall that brings Holmes and Watson to the scene of one of their most famous and intriguing cases - the mystery of the legendary hellhound of Dartmoor.’
    • ‘It feels like the century's chasing us, like having a hellhound on your trail.’
    • ‘The hellhound let out a roar that shook the very walls and lunged for the man in front of him.’
    • ‘A nice little puppy can turn into a hellhound over night and kill the mailman.’
    • ‘To my own ears it sounds like some kind of hellhound that has broke loose from Hades.’
    demon, devil, evil spirit, imp, bogie


Old English originally referring especially to Cerberus, the watchdog of Hades in Greek mythology.