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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).

OUTHOUND, v. Also outhund. Cf. hound out s.v. Hund, v., 4. (2). [′uthʌn(d)]

1. To set a dog to attack or chase (animals or persons); also to drive off cattle with a dog feloniously in order to steal them, to raid cattle.Bnff. 1713 J. F. S. Gordon Chrons. Keith (1880) 87:
He never did wound or strick her oxen . . . by his outhunding or connivance.
Abd. 1748 Abd. Journal (5 July):
We hear from Banff, that last Week . . . Stuart was tried before the Sheriff, for out-hounding Cattle.
Sc. 1751 Caled. Mercury (30 May):
Old Practitioners in that Way, who had outhounded and reset the Cattle.

2. Fig. To instigate or incite (to some mischief). Mainly in Sc. Law usage, obs. Vbl.n. outh(o)unding. Agent n. outhounder.Ags. 1714 in J. C. Jessop Education Ags. (1931) 72:
A great many persons outhounded and hired by David Lyndesay of Edzell to mob and rable him.
Mry. 1739 Elchies Letters (MacWilliam) 115:
If the out-hounding can be prov'd agst Isobell Gibb, she shou'd be prosecute likewise.
Sc. 1753 Scots Mag. (May) 226:
Breck committed the murder libelled, by the counsel, command, or direction of this pannel, or, as our old laws express it, out-hounded by him.
Sc. 1754 Session Papers, Grant v. Stewart (23 Jan.) 3:
Habite and repute common Thieves and Out-hounders of Thieves.

[O.Sc. outhounder, id., 1596.]

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"Outhound v.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 3 Oct 2022 <>



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