- any of numerous birds of prey of the family Accipitridae, having a short, hooked beak, broad wings, and curved talons, often seen circling or swooping at low altitudes.
- any of several similar, unrelated birds, as the nighthawk.
- Informal. a person who preys on others, as a sharper.
- Also called war hawk. Informal. a person, especially one in public office, who advocates war or a belligerent national attitude.Compare dove1(def 5).
- any person who pursues an aggressive policy in business, government, etc.: The corporation is now run by a bunch of young hawks.
- to fly, or hunt on the wing, like a hawk.
- to hunt with hawks.
Origin of hawk1
Examples from the Web for hawklike
Squint Rodaine scratched his hawklike nose with his thumb and nodded.The Cross-Cut
Courtney Ryley Cooper
As he spoke, he stroked the bridge of his hawklike nose with his bent forefinger.The Octopus
In their dim glow Brion could just make out the other man's hawklike profile.Planet of the Damned
The hawklike appearance of the man was softened in debate by the urbanity of his manner and the modulations of his voice.Woodrow Wilson and the World War
Brucco nodded, the scowl permanently ingrained now on his hawklike face.The Ethical Engineer
Henry Maxwell Dempsey
- any of various diurnal birds of prey of the family Accipitridae, such as the goshawk and Cooper's hawk, typically having short rounded wings and a long tailRelated adjective: accipitrine
- US and Canadian any of various other falconiform birds, including the falcons but not the eagles or vultures
- a person who advocates or supports war or warlike policiesCompare dove 1 (def. 2)
- a ruthless or rapacious person
- know a hawk from a handsaw to be able to judge things; be discerning
- (intr) to hunt with falcons, hawks, etc
- (intr) (of falcons or hawks) to fly in quest of prey
- to pursue or attack on the wing, as a hawk
- to offer (goods) for sale, as in the street
- (tr often foll by about) to spread (news, gossip, etc)
- (intr) to clear the throat noisily
- (tr) to force (phlegm) up from the throat
- British a slang word for spit 1
- a noisy clearing of the throat
- a small square board with a handle underneath, used for carrying wet plaster or mortarAlso called: mortar board
Word Origin and History for hawklike
"to hunt with a hawk," mid-14c., from hawk (n.).
"to clear one's throat," 1580s, imitative.
c.1300, hauk, earlier havek (c.1200), from Old English hafoc (W. Saxon), heafuc (Mercian), heafoc, from Proto-Germanic *habukaz (cf. Old Norse haukr, Old Saxon habuc, Middle Dutch havik, Old High German habuh, German Habicht "hawk"), from a root meaning "to seize," from PIE *kap- "to grasp" (cf. Russian kobec "a kind of falcon;" see capable). Transferred sense of "militarist" attested from 1962.
"to sell in the open, peddle," late 15c., back-formation from hawker "itinerant vendor" (c.1400), from Middle Low German höken "to peddle, carry on the back, squat," from Proto-Germanic *huk-. Related: Hawked; hawking. Despite the etymological connection with stooping under a burden on one's back, a hawker is technically distinguished from a peddler by use of a horse and cart or a van.
Idioms and Phrases with hawklike
see watch like a hawk.