one of a breed of tall, slender, short-haired dogs, noted for its keen sight and swiftness.
a swift ship, especially a fast ocean liner.
a tall slender fast-moving dog of an ancient breed originally used for coursing
Old English grighund, from grig- “bitch” + hund “dog” (see hound (n.)). The name usually is said to have nothing to do with color, and most are not gray. The Old Norse form of the word is preserved in Hjalti’s couplet that almost sparked war between pagans and Christians in early Iceland:
Vilkat goð geyja
grey þykkjumk Freyja
I will not blaspheme the gods,
but I think Freyja is a bitch
(Prov. 30:31), the rendering of the Hebrew _zarzir mothnayim_, meaning literally “girded as to the lions.” Some (Gesen.; R.V. marg.) render it “war-horse.” The LXX. and Vulgate versions render it “cock.” It has been by some interpreters rendered also “stag” and “warrior,” as being girded about or panoplied, and “wrestler.” The greyhound, however, was evidently known in ancient times, as appears from Egyptian monuments.
- Greyhound racing
noun 1. a sport in which a mechanically propelled dummy hare is pursued by greyhounds around a race track
- Greyhound therapy
noun phrase The practice by some municipalities or other governmental groups of ridding themselves of the homeless and other potentially burdensome persons by giving them a bus ticket to another place: Greyhound therapy, giving the homeless a one-way bus ticket to Los Angeles [mid-1980s+; fr the trademark name of the Greyhound bus company]
- Grey import
noun 1. an imported vehicle that does not have an exact model equivalent in the receiving country
[grey-ish] /ˈgreɪ ɪʃ/ adjective 1. . [grey-ish] /ˈgreɪ ɪʃ/ adjective 1. having a tinge of ; slightly : The sky was full of dark, grayish clouds. 2. similar to : a grayish color; a grayish purple.