hawk·​ish | \ ˈhȯ-kish How to pronounce hawkish (audio) \

Definition of hawkish

1 : 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
2 : 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

Other Words from hawkish

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

First Known Use of hawkish

1747, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hawkish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hawkish. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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