harked; harking; harks

intransitive verb

: to pay close attention : listen
only natural for them to hark to him G. G. Black

Example Sentences

upon hearing the offending ringing, the teacher sarcastically cried, “Hark! Could that possibly be a cell phone?”

Word History


Middle English herkien; akin to Old High German hōrechen to listen, Old English hīeran to hear

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hark was in the 14th century

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“Hark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hark. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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