hunt

Definitions

General English

General Science

  • noun an organised event during which a group of people and often dogs hunt a wild animal for sport
  • noun a group of people who regularly hunt together
  • verb to follow and kill wild animals for sport

Origin & History of “hunt”

Hunt is an ancient word, probably traceable back to an Indo-European *kend-, which also produced Swedish hinna ‘reach’. Its original Old English descendant was hentan ‘seize’, of which huntian (source of modern English hunt) was a derivative. Etymologically, therefore, hunt means ‘try to seize’.
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