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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 harked
Historical Examples
  • "You're a paragon of a debtor," Caylesham told him, when he harked back to the money again.

    Double Harness Anthony Hope
  • Eric promised quickly and harked back to the letters of introduction.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
  • He amplified his remark with a few well chosen words that harked back to his truck driving days.

  • Lodge's plumage was varied, and, like his flight, harked back to race.

  • This, though, was after I had harked back to the days of my adolescence.

    One Third Off Irvin S. Cobb
  • "No—" There was a tone in this which let me feel that her thoughts had harked back to Suzette.

    Man and Maid Elinor Glyn
  • A little later Captain Harben harked back to the former question.

    People of Position Stanley Portal Hyatt
  • We harked back to the days when I had first seen him in England.

    An African Adventure Isaac F. Marcosson
  • It appeared difficult to sing, however—he harked back to whistling.

    The Courage of the Commonplace Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews
  • As is the case with most reformers, he has harked back to the past for his future types.

    Iconoclasts James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for harked

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 harked

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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