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1hawk

noun \ˈhk\

Definition of HAWK

1
:  any of numerous diurnal birds of prey belonging to a suborder (Falcones of the order Falconiformes) and including all the smaller members of this group; especially :  accipiter
2
:  a small board or metal sheet with a handle on the underside used to hold mortar
3
:  one who takes a militant attitude and advocates immediate vigorous action; especially :  a supporter of a war or warlike policy — compare dove
hawk·ish \ˈh-kish\ adjective
hawk·ish·ly adverb
hawk·ish·ness noun

Origin of HAWK

Middle English hauk, from Old English hafoc; akin to Old High German habuh hawk, Russian kobets a falcon
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Birds Terms

aerie, bunting, clutch, covey, hackle, ratite, rictus, ruff, skein, zygodactyl

Rhymes with HAWK

2hawk

verb

Definition of HAWK

intransitive verb
1
:  to hunt birds by means of a trained hawk
2
:  to soar and strike like a hawk
transitive verb
:  to hunt on the wing like a hawk

First Known Use of HAWK

14th century

Other Hunting and Fishing Terms

chum, covert, creel, flense, pitfall, seine, skulk, spoor, trawl

3hawk

verb

Definition of HAWK

transitive verb
:  to raise by trying to clear the throat <hawk up phlegm>
intransitive verb
:  to utter a harsh guttural sound in or as if in hawking

Origin of HAWK

imitative
First Known Use: 1581

4hawk

noun

Definition of HAWK

:  an audible effort to force up phlegm from the throat

First Known Use of HAWK

1604

5hawk

verb

Definition of HAWK

transitive verb
:  to offer for sale by calling out in the street <hawking newspapers>; broadly :  sell

Origin of HAWK

back-formation from 2hawker
First Known Use: 1713
HAWKISH Defined for Kids

1hawk

noun \ˈhk\

Definition of HAWK for Kids

:  a bird of prey that has a strong hooked bill and sharp curved claws and is smaller than most eagles

2hawk

verb
hawkedhawk·ing

Definition of HAWK for Kids

:  to offer for sale by calling out <hawk newspapers>
hawk·er noun

3hawk

verb
hawkedhawking

Definition of HAWK for Kids

:  to make a harsh coughing sound in clearing the throat

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