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harken

[hahr-kuh n] /ˈhɑr kən/
verb (used with or without object)
1.
Related forms
harkener, noun

hearken

or harken

[hahr-kuh n] /ˈhɑr kən/
verb (used without object)
1.
Literary. to give heed or attention to what is said; listen.
verb (used with object)
2.
Archaic. to listen to; hear.
Origin of hearken
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English hercnen, Old English he(o)rcnian, suffixed form of assumed *heorcian; see hark, -en1
Related forms
hearkener, noun
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Examples from the Web for harkening
Historical Examples
  • In the intervals of harkening to my growing-pains I was, of course, still a little girl.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • Mrs. Jervis who had been without, harkening, now came to me.

  • harkening to it instead of knocking the man down, that was the worst of it.

    In the Shadow of the Hills George C. Shedd
  • And harkening to the Inner Voice is simply doing what you want to do.

  • This it was positively asserted might be heard by putting the ear to the ground and harkening attentively.

  • With half of his attention Weir was harkening for the sound of starting automobiles.

    In the Shadow of the Hills George C. Shedd
  • By this time everybody was harkening and Herrick ventured to turn his chair and look round.

    "Persons Unknown" Virginia Tracy
  • So Owen continued to hang on, harkening not to the grumbled threats of the desperate man with whom he wrestled.

    Canoe Mates in Canada St. George Rathborne
  • They must have been harkening eagerly for his coming, for Sir Richard found the women both awaiting him in the main room.

    The Red Tavern

    Charles Raymond Macauley
  • All young things were harkening to the call of the spring: and youthful blood, like sap, flowed fast.

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter
British Dictionary definitions for harkening

harken

/ˈhɑːkən/
verb
1.
a variant spelling (esp US) of hearken
Derived Forms
harkener, noun

hearken

/ˈhɑːkən/
verb
1.
(archaic) to listen to (something)
Derived Forms
hearkener, noun
Word Origin
Old English heorcnian; see hark
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Word Origin and History for harkening

harken

variant of hearken.

hearken

v.

Old English heorcnian, a suffixed form of *heorcian, root of hark; from Proto-Germanic *hausjan (see hear). Harken is the usual spelling in U.S. and probably is better justified by etymology; hearken likely is from influence of hear.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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