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dialectal British variant of hawk


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transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

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

Word History



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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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