- a person who hunts with hawks or other birds of prey.
Origin of hawker1
- 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.The Secret Agent
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.
- a person who travels from place to place selling goods
C16: probably from Middle Low German hōker, from hōken to peddle; see huckster
- a person who hunts with hawks, falcons, etc
Old English hafecere; see hawk 1, -er 1
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Word Origin and History for hawker
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