nighthawk

noun night·hawk \ ˈnīt-ˌhȯk \

Definition of nighthawk

1 a : any of a genus (Chordeiles and especially C. minor) of North American nightjars related to the whip-poor-will
b : a common European nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus)
2 : a person who habitually is active late at night

Examples of nighthawk in a Sentence

  1. an all-night diner that is patronized by nighthawks from every segment of society

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First Known Use of nighthawk

1611

nighthawk Synonyms

Synonyms

night owl;

Near Antonyms

early bird;

Related Words

night rider, nightwalker;


NIGHTHAWK Defined for Kids

nighthawk

noun night·hawk \ ˈnīt-ˌhȯk \

Definition of nighthawk for Students

: a bird that is active at twilight and feeds on insects caught in flight


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