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 harked
So, while Rosemary set the table for supper, the other two harked back to the fateful day when Frank Starr brought his wife home.Master of the Vineyard|Myrtle Reed
It appeared difficult to sing, however—he harked back to whistling.The Courage of the Commonplace|Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews
For a few moments there was silence, then Erskine harked back to his former subject.The Independence of Claire|Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
He gave it up, and harked back quite suddenly to congenial personalities.Somehow Good|William de Morgan
From this point Tom Westlake “harked back” and related his experiences of the day.The Coxswain's Bride|R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for harked
Word Origin for hark
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.