- Literary. to give heed or attention to what is said; listen.
- Archaic. to listen to; hear.
Origin of hearken
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Examples from the Web for hearkening
I could see no one; but, hearkening about, I found it must come from the next terrace.Wilfrid Cumbermede
Shame on a gentleman for hearkening to the foul-mouthed villains one moment.Two Penniless Princesses
Charlotte M. Yonge
But now I think I see you listening and hearkening that I should name him.Sermons on the Card and Other Discourses
Go away, missis; I've nought to do with you, either in hearkening, or talking.Mary Barton</p>
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
But the men-folk gave all their ears to hearkening, and stood as close as they might.The House of the Wolfings
sometimes US harken
- archaic to listen to (something)
Old English heorcnian; see hark
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Word Origin and History for hearkening
Old English heorcnunge "harkening, listening, power of hearing" (see hearken).
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