- 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.
Origin of hark
Examples from the Web for harked
Eric promised quickly and harked back to the letters of introduction.The Education of Eric Lane
Lodge's plumage was varied, and, like his flight, harked back to race.The Education of Henry Adams
"No—" There was a tone in this which let me feel that her thoughts had harked back to Suzette.Man and Maid
We harked back to the days when I had first seen him in England.An African Adventure
Isaac F. Marcosson
As is the case with most reformers, he has harked back to the past for his future types.Iconoclasts
- (intr; usually imperative) to listen; pay attention
Word Origin and History for harked
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.