hawker

1 of 2

noun (1)

hawk·​er ˈhȯ-kər How to pronounce hawker (audio)

hawker

2 of 2

noun (2)

: one who hawks wares
The sidewalks are filled with hawkers selling vegetables and trinkets and women in blankets roasting cobs of corn on makeshift fires.Richard Stengal

Examples of hawker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Singapore Food Street, in the transit area of Terminal 3, will sate your hawker food craving. Chris Schalkx, Travel + Leisure, 21 Aug. 2023 Its hawker is a loud, bold and shameless salesman, his stock is endless, and the streets eat it like pigeons and popcorn, all day e’ry day. Jonathan Rowe, Spin, 11 Aug. 2023 Everyone is doing something—the flower seller, the street hawker at the vegetable stalls, the rickshaw puller. Chadner Navarro, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Sep. 2021 On the sidewalk, Hasidic diamond dealers haggle on flip phones while groups of men smoke and banter in various languages and hawkers try to lure passers-by into showrooms. Corey Kilgannon Dar Yaskil, New York Times, 20 Apr. 2023 Who needs a hawker when his Instagram posts and TikTok videos bring in millions of views a day? Corey Kilgannon Dar Yaskil, New York Times, 20 Apr. 2023 Taking the reigns is his business partner for the project, KF Seetoh, who as of September, has successfully brought eleven renowned Singapore hawker vendors to the streets of Midtown—serving up iconic Singaporean delights like Hainanese chicken and chili crab. Scott Bay, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Nov. 2022 Any vendor selling merchandise in Boston is required to have a hawkers and peddlers license. Danny McDonald, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Apr. 2023 Known for: tacky linens hawker; promoter of insane Big Lie conspiracies; also named in Dominion lawsuit. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 27 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English haueker, hawker, going back to Old English hafocere, from hafoc hawk entry 1 + -ere -er entry 2

Noun (2)

by folk etymology from Low German höker, from Middle Low German hōker, from hōken to squat, peddle — more at hunker

First Known Use

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1512, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hawker was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Hawker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hawker. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

hawker

1 of 2 noun
hawk·​er ˈhȯ-kər How to pronounce hawker (audio)

hawker

2 of 2 noun
: a person who hawks wares
Etymology

Noun

Low German höker, from höken "to peddle"

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