[ hahrk ]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to listen attentively; hearken.

verb (used with object)
  1. Archaic. to listen to; hear.

  1. a hunter's shout to hounds, as to encourage them in following the scent.

Verb Phrases
  1. hark back,

    • (of hounds) to return along the course in order to regain a lost scent.

    • to return to a previous subject or point; revert: He kept harking back to his early days in vaudeville.

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

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Other words from hark

  • un·harked, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for hark


/ (hɑːk) /

  1. (intr; usually imperative) to listen; pay attention

Origin of hark

Old English heorcnian to hearken; related to Old Frisian herkia, Old High German hōrechen; see hear

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