sparrow hawk

noun

Definition of sparrow hawk

:any of various small hawks: such as
a :an Old World accipiter (Accipiter nisus) that is dark gray to blackish above with the female having a grayish-brown barred underside and the male having a chestnut barred underside
b :kestrel b

Illustration of sparrow hawk

First Known Use of sparrow hawk

15th century


SPARROW HAWK Defined for Kids

sparrow hawk

noun

Definition of sparrow hawk for Students

:a small hawk

Learn More about sparrow hawk


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up sparrow hawk? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

marked by intense feeling

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!