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hark

[hahrk] /hɑrk/
verb (used without object)
1.
to listen attentively; hearken.
verb (used with object)
2.
Archaic. to listen to; hear.
noun
3.
a hunter's shout to hounds, as to encourage them in following the scent.
Verb phrases
4.
hark back,
  1. (of hounds) to return along the course in order to regain a lost scent.
  2. to return to a previous subject or point; revert:
    He kept harking back to his early days in vaudeville.
Origin of hark
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English herken, earlier herkien, Old English *heorcian; cognate with Old Frisian herkia, harkia; akin to Middle Dutch harken, Middle High German, German horchen. See hearken, hear
Related forms
unharked, adjective
Synonyms
4b. refer, allude; regress, retrogress.
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Examples from the Web for hark
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  • Out there in the dark there is the wild tattoo of a thousand rifles; and hark!

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
  • hark ye, lad Alleyne, to what I never told man or woman yet.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • And hark you, Calderon, I tell you that I will not forego this pursuit.

    Calderon The Courtier Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Three times when I turned abruptly from her to Camille and called, "hark!"

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • hark ye, friend'—to one of the prisoners—'to what regiment do you belong?'

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • There, now he frowns again, and—hark what more he has to say.

  • hark, I hear the piping of the shepherd and the tinkling bell of the wether.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • Didn't you give me 'hark from the tomb' for gittin' up and goin' away?

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for hark

hark

/hɑːk/
verb
1.
(intransitive; usually imperative) to listen; pay attention
Word Origin
Old English heorcnian to hearken; related to Old Frisian herkia, Old High German hōrechen; see hear
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Word Origin and History for hark
v.

late 12c., from Old English *heorcian, perhaps an intensive form from base of hieran (see hear). Cf. talk/tale. Cognate with Old Frisian harkia "listen," Middle Dutch horken, Old High German horechon, German horchen. To hark back (1829) originally referred to hounds returning along a track when the scent has been lost, till they find it again. Related: Harked; harking.

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