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hark

[hahrk]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to listen attentively; hearken.
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verb (used with object)
  1. Archaic. to listen to; hear.
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noun
  1. a hunter's shout to hounds, as to encourage them in following the scent.
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Verb Phrases
  1. hark back,
    1. (of hounds) to return along the course in order to regain a lost scent.
    2. to return to a previous subject or point; revert: He kept harking back to his early days in vaudeville.
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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

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

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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