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hawk

noun \ ˈhȯk \
Updated on: 13 Oct 2017

Definition of hawk

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 :a small board or metal sheet with a handle on the underside used to hold mortar
3 :one who takes a militant or combative attitude (as in a dispute) and advocates immediate vigorous action; especially :a supporter of a war or warlike policy — compare dove

hawkish

play \ˈhȯ-kish\ adjective
    • hawkish foreign policy

hawkishly

adverb
    • watched hawkishly

hawkishness

noun

hawk-like

play \ˈhȯk-ˌlīk\ or hawklike adjective
    • a hawk-like bird
    • hawklike attention

Origin and Etymology of hawk

Middle English hauk, from Old English hafoc; akin to Old High German habuh hawk, Russian kobets a falcon


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hawk

verb

Definition of hawk

intransitive verb
1 :to hunt birds by means of a trained hawk (see 1hawk 1) :to practice falconry
2 :to soar and strike like a hawk (see 1hawk 1)
  • birds hawking after insects
transitive verb
:to hunt (someone or something) in flight like a hawk (see 1hawk 1)
  • hawking insects

Origin and Etymology of hawk

see 1hawk

Other Hunting and Fishing Terms


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hawk

verb

Definition of hawk

transitive verb
:to raise by trying to clear the throat
  • hawk up phlegm
intransitive verb
:to utter a harsh guttural sound in or as if in trying to clear the throat

Origin and Etymology of hawk

imitative


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hawk

noun

Definition of hawk

:an audible effort to force up phlegm from the throat

Origin and Etymology of hawk

see 3hawk


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hawk

verb

Definition of hawk

transitive verb
:to offer (something) for sale by calling out in the street
  • hawking newspapers
; broadly :sell

Origin and Etymology of hawk

back-formation from 2hawker


Financial Definition of HAWK

hawk

What It Is

A hawk is a person, usually in a politically oriented profession, who favors government efforts to control inflation or who favors reducing the federal budget deficit.

How It Works

Let's assume John Doe works for the presidential administration as an economic advisor. He believes that higher interest rates could control the economy's runaway inflation, and that if the Federal Reserve would just increase its lending rates, this could stabilize the economy. He advises the president of this and encourages others in the administration to encourage the Federal Reserve to increase its rates. John Doe is a hawk.

Jane Smith is a deficit hawk. She believes that reducing government spending is crucial to decreasing the government's budget deficit.

Why It Matters

The political world is full of nicknames. Hawks are of particular interest to the business community because they often influence or at least put pressure on various parts of the government to take actions that can affect the values of stocks, bonds and other securities.



HAWK Defined for Kids

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hawk

noun \ ˈhȯk \

Definition of hawk for Students

: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

verb

Definition of hawk for Students

hawked; hawking
:to offer for sale by calling out
  • hawk newspapers

hawker

noun

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hawk

verb

Definition of hawk for Students

hawked; hawking
:to make a harsh coughing sound in clearing the throat

Medical Dictionary

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hawk

transitive verb \ ˈhȯk \

medical Definition of hawk

:to raise by trying to clear the throat
  • hawk up phlegm
intransitive verb
:to make a harsh coughing sound in clearing the throat

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hawk

noun

medical Definition of hawk

:an audible effort to force up phlegm from the throat


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