howk

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ˈhōk

dialectal British variant of hawk

howk

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verb

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-ed/-ing/-s

transitive verb

dialectal, British : to hollow out : excavate, dig
often used with a preposition
lobsters 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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Word History

Etymology

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 27 Sep. 2022.

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