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hawk1

[hawk] /hɔk/
noun
1.
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.
2.
any of several similar, unrelated birds, as the nighthawk.
3.
Informal. a person who preys on others, as a sharper.
4.
Also called war hawk. Informal. a person, especially one in public office, who advocates war or a belligerent national attitude.
Compare dove1 (def 5).
5.
any person who pursues an aggressive policy in business, government, etc.:
The corporation is now run by a bunch of young hawks.
verb (used without object)
6.
to fly, or hunt on the wing, like a hawk.
7.
to hunt with hawks.
Origin of hawk1
900
before 900; Middle English hauk(e), Old English hafoc; cognate with Old Frisian havek, Old Saxon habuc Old High German habuh, Old Norse haukr hawk, perhaps Polish kobuz kind of falcon
Related forms
hawklike, adjective
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  • 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 Frank Norris
  • In their dim glow Brion could just make out the other man's hawklike profile.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • The hawklike appearance of the man was softened in debate by the urbanity of his manner and the modulations of his voice.

  • Brucco nodded, the scowl permanently ingrained now on his hawklike face.

    The Ethical Engineer Henry Maxwell Dempsey
  • He had a gimlet-eye and a hawklike face, and was professionally brusk and brutally frank.

    Motor Matt's Race Stanley R. Matthews
  • Rick saw that the man was nearly six feet tall, with a lean, hawklike face, the skin stretched tightly over high cheekbones.

    The Pirates of Shan Harold Leland Goodwin
  • At a reading table scanning a paper sat Irish Kelley whose dark face and hawklike features made him look like a real lead slinger.

    A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F. Rutherford G. Montgomery
  • A spasm of pain balked him; his bronzed face wrinkled as the rheumatic twinge gripped him; but his hawklike eyes gleamed.

    Frances of the Ranges Amy Bell Marlowe
  • The flight is easy and powerful, and the food is caught by a hawklike plunge.

British Dictionary definitions for hawklike

hawk1

/hɔːk/
noun
1.
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 tail related adjective accipitrine
2.
(US & Canadian) any of various other falconiform birds, including the falcons but not the eagles or vultures
3.
a person who advocates or supports war or warlike policies Compare dove1 (sense 2)
4.
a ruthless or rapacious person
5.
know a hawk from a handsaw, to be able to judge things; be discerning
verb
6.
(intransitive) to hunt with falcons, hawks, etc
7.
(intransitive) (of falcons or hawks) to fly in quest of prey
8.
to pursue or attack on the wing, as a hawk
Derived Forms
hawklike, adjective
Word Origin
from Shakespeare (Hamlet II:2:375); handsaw is probably a corruption of dialect heronshaw heronOld English hafoc; related to Old Norse haukr, Old Frisian havek, Old High German habuh, Polish kobuz

hawk2

/hɔːk/
verb
1.
to offer (goods) for sale, as in the street
2.
(transitive) often foll by about. to spread (news, gossip, etc)
Word Origin
C16: back formation from hawker1

hawk3

/hɔːk/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to clear the throat noisily
2.
(transitive) to force (phlegm) up from the throat
3.
(Brit) a slang word for spit1
noun
4.
a noisy clearing of the throat
Word Origin
C16: of imitative origin; see haw²

hawk4

/hɔːk/
noun
1.
a small square board with a handle underneath, used for carrying wet plaster or mortar Also called mortar board
Word Origin
of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for hawklike

hawk

v.2

"to hunt with a hawk," mid-14c., from hawk (n.).

hawk

v.3

"to clear one's throat," 1580s, imitative.

hawk

n.

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.

hawk

v.1

"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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for hawklike

hawk 1

verb

To clear one's throat; cough up and spit: let out of their cells to wash, hawk, stretch (1583+)

hawk 2

noun

  1. A person who advocates a strong and bellicose policy or action: Some were doves on Vietnam and hawks on Iran (1960s+)
  2. A person who attracts and procures young men and boys for homosexuals, esp older men: The police believe he was acting the role of a ''hawk,'' finding ''chickens'' (young boys) for older men (1970s+ Homosexuals)

hawk 3

noun

A imitation Indian haircut affected by punk rockers; mohawk: egg or soap it into the hawk (1980s+)

hawk

noun phrase

The cold winter wind: Well, looks like the hawk is getting ready to hit the scene and send temperatures down

[1900+ Black; origin unknown; perhaps fr the strong biting quality of such a wind]

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