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hawk

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noun \ˈhȯk\

Definition of hawk

  1. 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. 2 :  a small board or metal sheet with a handle on the underside used to hold mortar

  3. 3 :  one who takes a militant attitude and advocates immediate vigorous action; especially :  a supporter of a war or warlike policy — compare dove

hawkish play \ˈhȯ-kish\ adjective
hawkishly adverb
hawkishness 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

Rhymes with hawk


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hawk

verb

Definition of hawk

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to hunt birds by means of a trained hawk

  3. 2 :  to soar and strike like a hawk

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to hunt on the wing like a hawk



14th Century

First Known Use of hawk

14th century

Other Hunting and Fishing Terms


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hawk

verb

Definition of hawk

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to raise by trying to clear the throat <hawk up phlegm>

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to utter a harsh guttural sound in or as if in hawking



Origin of hawk

imitative


First Known Use: 1581


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hawk

noun

Definition of hawk

  1. :  an audible effort to force up phlegm from the throat



1604

First Known Use of hawk

1604


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hawk

verb

Definition of hawk

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  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



HAWK Defined for Kids

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hawk

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noun \ˈhȯk\

Definition of hawk for Students

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




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hawk

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verb

Definition of hawk for Students

hawkedhawking

  1. :  to offer for sale by calling out <hawk newspapers>

hawker noun



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hawk

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verb

Definition of hawk for Students

hawkedhawking

  1. :  to make a harsh coughing sound in clearing the throat




Medical Dictionary

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hawk

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verb \ˈhȯk\

Medical Definition of hawk

  1. :  to raise by trying to clear the throat <hawk up phlegm>

  2. intransitive verb

  3. :  to make a harsh coughing sound in clearing the throat




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hawk

noun

Medical Definition of hawk

  1. :  an audible effort to force up phlegm from the throat





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