Origin of hark

1175–1225; Middle English herken, earlier herkien, Old English *heorcian; cognate with Old Frisian herkia, harkia; akin to Middle Dutch harken, Middle High German, German horchen. See hearken, hear
Related formsun·harked, adjective

Synonyms for hark

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Related Words for hark

listen

Examples from the Web for hark

Contemporary Examples of hark

Historical Examples of hark

  • Out there in the dark there is the wild tattoo of a thousand rifles; and hark!

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • Hark ye, lad Alleyne, to what I never told man or woman yet.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • And hark you, Calderon, I tell you that I will not forego this pursuit.

    Calderon The Courtier

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Three times when I turned abruptly from her to Camille and called, "Hark!"

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • Hark ye, friend'—to one of the prisoners—'to what regiment do you belong?'

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle


British Dictionary definitions for hark

hark

verb

(intr; usually imperative) to listen; pay attention

Word Origin for hark

Old English heorcnian to hearken; related to Old Frisian herkia, Old High German hōrechen; see hear
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Word Origin and History for hark
v.

late 12c., from Old English *heorcian, perhaps an intensive form from base of hieran (see hear). Cf. talk/tale. Cognate with Old Frisian harkia "listen," Middle Dutch horken, Old High German horechon, German horchen. To hark back (1829) originally referred to hounds returning along a track when the scent has been lost, till they find it again. Related: Harked; harking.

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