- to listen attentively; hearken.
- Archaic. to listen to; hear.
- a hunter's shout to hounds, as to encourage them in following the scent.
- hark back,
- (of hounds) to return along the course in order to regain a lost scent.
- to return to a previous subject or point; revert: He kept harking back to his early days in vaudeville.
Origin of hark
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Examples from the Web for harks
I suppose there is something in all of us that harks back to the soil.Tish, The Chronicle of Her Escapades and Excursions
Mary Roberts Rinehart
This is almost a lost art, and harks back to the pre-string days.The New North
Agnes Deans Cameron
True, he harks back to Theophrastus in matters of style and technique.A Critical Essay on Characteristic-Writings
After a pause recurs the phrase that harks from mediaeval romance, now in a stirring ascent of close chasing voices.
His mind, distraught with business cares, harks back to his home—with pleasure?The Myrtle Reed Cook Book
- (intr; usually imperative) to listen; pay attention
Word Origin and History for harks
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.