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nighthawk

[nahyt-hawk]
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noun
  1. any of several longwinged, American goatsuckers of the genus Chordeiles, related to the whippoorwill, especially C. minor, having variegated black, white, and buff plumage.
  2. the European goatsucker or nightjar, Caprimulgus europaeus.
  3. Informal. a person who is habitually up or moving about late at night; night owl.

Origin of nighthawk

First recorded in 1605–15; night + hawk1
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Examples from the Web for nighthawk

Historical Examples

  • But there was nothing he could do now except to agree to Mr. Nighthawk's proposal.

    The Tale of Kiddie Katydid

    Arthur Scott Bailey

  • Mr. Nighthawk whined, as he looked hungrily at Kiddie Katydid.

    The Tale of Kiddie Katydid

    Arthur Scott Bailey

  • "I hadn't intended to do any leaping to-night," he told Mr. Nighthawk.

    The Tale of Kiddie Katydid

    Arthur Scott Bailey

  • And it drove every thought except one out of Mr. Nighthawk's head.

    The Tale of Kiddie Katydid

    Arthur Scott Bailey

  • But it was Mr. Nighthawk, making that odd, booming sound of his.

    The Tale of Chirpy Cricket

    Arthur Scott Bailey


British Dictionary definitions for nighthawk

nighthawk

noun
  1. Also called: bullbat, mosquito hawk any American nightjar of the genus Chordeiles and related genera, having a dark plumage and, in the male, white patches on the wings and tail
  2. informal another name for night owl
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