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  1. a person who hunts with hawks or other birds of prey.

Origin of hawker1

before 1000; Middle English; Old English hafecere. See hawk1, -er1


  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 of hawker2

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.

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

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for hawker


  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


  1. a person who hunts with hawks, falcons, etc

Word Origin

Old English hafecere; see hawk 1, -er 1
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Word Origin and History for hawker


"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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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