- 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
When everything was done to the satisfaction of the hawker, all hands were directed to the buggy.
While they were fixing their tent, a hawker's van, drawn by four horses, drove up.
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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