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verb Hunt
  1. To search for or follow after, as game or wild animals; to chase; to pursue for the purpose of catching or killing; to follow with dogs or guns for sport or exercise; as, to hunt a deer."Like a dog, he hunts in dreams." [Tennyson.]
  2. To search diligently after; to seek; to pursue; to follow; -- often with out or up; as, to hunt up the facts; to hunt out evidence. "Evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him." [Ps. cxl. 11.]
  3. To drive; to chase; -- with down from away, etc.; as, to hunt down a criminal; he was hunted from the parish.
  4. To use or manage in the chase, as hounds."He hunts a pack of dogs." [Addison.]
  5. To use or traverse in pursuit of game; as, he hunts the woods, or the country.
  6. [Change Ringing] To move or shift the order of (a bell) in a regular course of changes.

Etymology: AS. huntian to hunt; cf. hentan to follow, pursue, Goth. hin�anin comp.) to seize. √36. Cf. Hent

verb Hunt
  1. To follow the chase; to go out in pursuit of game; to course with hounds."Esau went to the field to hunt for venison." [Gen. xxvii. 5.]
  2. To seek; to pursue; to search; -- with for or after."He after honor hunts, I after love." [Shak.]
  3. [Mach] To be in a state of instability of movement or forced oscillation, as a governor which has a large movement of the balls for small change of load, an arc-lamp clutch mechanism which moves rapidly up and down with variations of current, or the like; also, to seesaw, as a pair of alternators working in parallel.
  4. [Change Ringing] To shift up and down in order regularly.
noun Hunt
  1. The act or practice of chasing wild animals; chase; pursuit; search."The hunt is up; the morn is bright and gray." [Shak.]
  2. The game secured in the hunt.(Obs)
  3. A pack of hounds.(Obs)
  4. An association of huntsmen.
  5. A district of country hunted over."Every landowner within the hunt." [London Field.]
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The pursuit and killing or capture of wild animals regarded as a sport
  2. The work of finding and killing or capturing animals for food or pelts
  3. The activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone
  4. An instance of searching for something ("the hunt for submarines")
  5. An association of huntsmen who hunt for sport
  6. British writer who defended the Romanticism of Keats and Shelley (1784-1859)
  7. United States architect (1827-1895)
  8. Englishman and Pre-Raphaelite painter (1827-1910)
  9. Pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals) ("Goering often hunted wild boars in Poland" and "The Duke hunted in these woods")
  10. Search (an area) for prey ("The King used to hunt these forests")
  11. Seek, search for ("She hunted for her reading glasses but was unable to locate them")
  12. Oscillate about a desired speed, position, or state to an undesirable extent ("The oscillator hunts about the correct frequency")
  13. Pursue or chase relentlessly ("The hunters traced the deer into the woods")
  14. Yaw back and forth about a flight path
  15. Chase away, with as with force ("They hunted the unwanted immigrants out of the neighborhood")
  1. An English occupational surname​ for a hunter (for game, birds etc).
  2. (rare) A male given name transferred from the surname.

Hunt was also found in the following language(s): German

Notable Persons Named Hunt

His most notable accomplishments were from 1981 to present. Hunt was given the name Huntington MacDonald Block on February 16th, 1954.


Hunt Slonem is a in the fields of painting, sculpture, and printmaking. Hunt was given the name Hunt Slonim on July 18th, 1951 in Kittery, Maine.



Hunt Stromberg was a motion picture producer, director, writer, and publicist. Hunt was born on July 12th, 1894 in Louisville, Kentucky, US. He left this life on August 23rd, 1968.


Hunt Downer is an attorney, politician, and military veteran. Hunt was born on April 28th, 1946. Hunt is also known as Downer and Hunt.



Notable Persons With the Last Name Hunt

Lester C. Hunt was a Governor of Wyoming, and 9th Secretary of State of Wyoming. He was most active from 1949 to 1954. His military service ended in 1919. Lester was born on July 8th, 1892 in Illinois, U.S. He breathed his last breath on June 19th, 1954.


Helen Hunt is an actress, director, and screenwriter. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1973 to present. Helen was given the name Helen Elizabeth Hunt by her parent Gordon Hunt (director) on June 15th, 1963 in Culver City, California, U.S.


Mark Hunt is a martial artist. Mark was born on March 23rd, 1974 in South Auckland.


James Hunt is a formula one racer.


Bonnie Hunt is a stand-up comedienne, actress, director, producer, writer, host, voice artist, and comedienne. She has had major accomplishments since 1984. Bonnie was given the name Bonnie Lynne Hunt on September 22nd, 1961 in Chicago. Bonnie is also known as Bonnie Lynne Hunt, Bonnie Lynn Hunt, Bonny Hunt, Bonny Lynne Hunt, and Bonny Lynn Hunt.


Linda Hunt is an actress. She was most prominent from 1976 to present. Linda was given the name Lydia Susanna Hunter on April 2nd, 1945 in Morristown, New Jersey.


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Popularity of Hunt as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Hunt U.S.
  White 73.57% 64.26%
  African American 16.93% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.61% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 4.23% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.35% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.31% 16.26%

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Fun Facts about the name Hunt

  • How Popular is the name Hunt? Hunt is the 27,174th most popular name of all time. As a last name Hunt was the 169th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Hunt have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 195 babies born with the first name Hunt in the United States. That's more than enough people named Hunt to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Hunt? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Hunt first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Hunt is Wednesday, March 15th, 1876.
  • What year had the most people named Hunt born? The highest recorded use of the first name Hunt was in 2011 with a total of 11 babies.
  • Random Hunt Factoid: According to the 2014 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Hunt is not a popular baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 2014.
  • Weird things about the name Hunt: Your name in reverse order is Tnuh. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nuht. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Hunt? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 158,421 people with the last name Hunt.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Hunt? Hunt was ranked as the 169th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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