- to listen attentively; hearken.
- Archaic. to listen to; hear.
- a hunter's shout to hounds, as to encourage them in following the scent.
- 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.
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Contemporary Examples of 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
March 24, 2014
Why do you think you decided to hark back to your high school days for this particular record?Lenny Kravitz’s ‘Black & White’ Album
August 30, 2011
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
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
- (intr; usually imperative) to listen; pay attention
Word Origin 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.