verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- (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
Examples from the Web for hark
Hark back to the Buffett Rule, another prime slice of collective madness orchestrated by the power elite.The Super-Rich Want to Help The Poor As Long As They Get to Run the World|James Poulos|March 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Why do you think you decided to hark back to your high school days for this particular record?
But, Jock, hark ye—I do not think there is any necessity for flying when one is on such a commission.The Shepherd's Calendar|James Hogg
Samuel (pulls Hannah away and puts his lips to her ears): Hark'ee, dear mother, I would fain go home with thee again.Shorter Bible Plays|Rita Benton
British Dictionary definitions for hark
Word Origin for hark
Word Origin and History for hark
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.