howk

\ ˈhōk \

Definition of howk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

dialectal British variant of

howk

verb
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-ed/-ing/-s

Definition of howk (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

dialectal, British : to hollow out : excavate, dig often used with a prepositionlobsters had got at it … and howked pieces out of it— E. F. Benson

intransitive verb

dialectal, British : dig the dog was howking in the yard

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History and Etymology for howk

Verb

Middle English holken; akin to Middle Low German holken to hollow out; derivatives from the root of Old English hol hollow

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“Howk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/howk. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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