- Howard (Winchester),1896–1977, U.S. film director.
- 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
- to peddle or offer for sale by calling aloud in public.
- to advertise or offer for sale: to hawk soap on television.
- to spread (rumors, news, etc.).
- to carry wares about for sale; peddle.
Origin of hawk2
- to make an effort to raise phlegm from the throat; clear the throat noisily.
- to raise by noisily clearing the throat: to hawk phlegm up.
- a noisy effort to clear the throat.
Origin of hawk3
- a small, square board with a handle underneath it, used by plasterers and masons to hold plaster or mortar being applied.
Origin of hawk4
- a medium-range, mobile U.S. surface-to-air missile system.
Origin of Hawk
Examples from the Web for hawks
Once label execs heard “Hideaway,” they began circling it like hawks.The Making of Kiesza: From Navy Sharpshooter to Beauty Queen to Pop Diva
October 20, 2014
I emailed Robby Kalland, who previously covered the Hawks for three years with Score Atlanta, SB Nation, and Hawks.com.Racism or Exit Strategy for Atlanta Hawks Owner Bruce Levenson?
September 7, 2014
Instead Hollywood remains tentative, depending on women-friendly filmmakers like Cukor, Hawks, and now Feig to push the envelope.'Ghostbusters' and the Slow Emancipation of Female-Driven Comedy
August 15, 2014
Hawks at one point advised him to seek psychological counseling to get a handle on his feelings for Bacall.Bogie & Bacall: A Hollywood Romance for the Ages
August 13, 2014
We live right by Bernal Hill, so we see a lot of hawks and other raptors up there.Mississippi Hippos, Teddy Bears, and Other Strange Beasts
July 25, 2014
Hawks and owls capture a large quantity of our smaller birds.The Meaning of Evolution
Samuel Christian Schmucker
Is not to-morrow my inspecting day For you and for your hawks?Browning's England
Helen Archibald Clarke
Pigeons or hawks; dupes or swindlers,—an ugly alternative to choose from.Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
"But anything the watchbirds can do, the Hawks can do better," Macintyre said cheerfully.Watchbird
He hawks at every sort of game, and rarely does he make a false cast.Views and Reviews
William Ernest Henley
- Howard (Winchester). 1896–1977, US film director. His films include Sergeant York (1941) and The Big Sleep (1946)
- 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 hawks
"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 hawks
see watch like a hawk.