hawk·​ish ˈhȯ-kish How to pronounce hawkish (audio)
: resembling or suggesting a hawk or the beak of a hawk in appearance
a hawkish nose
He has a thatch of black curly hair and hawkish features.Jeff Shear
: having a militant attitude (as in a dispute) and advocating immediate vigorous action
especially : supporting war or warlike policies
a hawkish politician
He was a frequent and persistently hawkish participant in the war councils of the Administration. Vincent Blasi
While definitions vary, "neoconservative" generally refers to formerly moderate policy advocates who favor a hawkish and assertive foreign policy to implant democracy and American values abroad. Paul Richter
hawkishly adverb
Land is expensive, scarce, and watched hawkishly by environmentalists. Boston Magazine
hawkishness noun
… his Western anti-government philosophy and cold-war hawkishness Jon Meacham

Examples of hawkish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But House Republicans have been hawkish in recent months about government spending, and Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) may face a rift in his volatile conference about whether and how to move support legislation for Baltimore. Jacob Bogage, Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2024 But since then, inflation has remained an issue, pressuring the lira and forcing Turkey’s new central bank governor, Fatih Karahan, to take a hawkish stance in the first few months of his term. Will Daniel, Fortune, 21 Mar. 2024 The upward revision came amid growing market expectations that the Bank of Japan could ditch negative interest rates as early as this month, fueled in part by board members’ recent hawkish comments that Japan was moving towards the central bank’s 2% inflation target. Reuters, CNN, 10 Mar. 2024 More hawkish voices are concerned that a response that’s too weak could fail to stop the mounting threat to American interests; other regional observers fear that a stronger retaliation could be the spark that sets off a wider war. Alexander Smith, NBC News, 30 Jan. 2024 Recent hawkish commentary from Fed Chair Jerome Powell coupled with a string of higher-than-expected inflation reports have tempered Wall Street’s dreams of lower interest rates. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 20 Mar. 2024 But on the war and confrontation with the West, the Communists are also on the hawkish side. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Mar. 2024 Beverly Hills’ ongoing failure to deliver a viable Housing Element blueprint has given hawkish real estate developers looking to build there, and build big, a rare opportunity. Kevin Dolak, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Feb. 2024 No one wearing an oversized Marc Jacobs camo print worries that their jacket betrays a hawkish foreign-policy agenda. Mattie Kahn, Vogue, 6 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1747, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hawkish was in 1747

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“Hawkish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hawkish. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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