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hawker1

[haw-ker] /ˈhɔ kər/
noun
1.
a person who hunts with hawks or other birds of prey.
Origin of hawker1
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English hafecere. See hawk1, -er1

hawker2

[haw-ker] /ˈhɔ kər/
noun
1.
a person who offers goods for sale by shouting his or her wares in the street or going from door to door; peddler.
Origin
1375-1425; late Middle English < Middle Low German haker retail dealer; akin to Middle Dutch hac in same sense; cf. huckster
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  • The third person who got out was a hawker from Gravesend well known to the porters.

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  • While they were fixing their tent, a hawker's van, drawn by four horses, drove up.

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  • When everything was done to the satisfaction of the hawker, all hands were directed to the buggy.

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  • A newspaper will pay half the expenses of a hawker, if he can read.

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  • I could not reap the profits which I did as a hawker and pedlar.

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  • "The sugar and that hawker," and Paul related what Sylvia had said about Thuggism.

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  • As hawker states, he never claimed the chorus, but he did claim the ballad.

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  • Who shall say that hawker's life, after all, was not the nearest to his best ideals?

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  • hawker met Kingsley at this time, and introduced him to the Grenville localities.

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British Dictionary definitions for hawker

hawker1

/ˈhɔːkə/
noun
1.
a person who travels from place to place selling goods
Word Origin
C16: probably from Middle Low German hōker, from hōken to peddle; see huckster

hawker2

/ˈhɔːkə/
noun
1.
a person who hunts with hawks, falcons, etc
Word Origin
Old English hafecere; see hawk1, -er1
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Word Origin and History for hawker
n.

"one who hunts with a hawk," Old English hafocere; see hawk (n.) + -er (1). For sense "one who sells or peddles," see hawk (v.1).

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