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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Historical Examples of harked

  • Eric promised quickly and harked back to the letters of introduction.

  • Lodge's plumage was varied, and, like his flight, harked back to race.

  • "No—" There was a tone in this which let me feel that her thoughts had harked back to Suzette.

    Man and Maid

    Elinor Glyn

  • 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.


    James Huneker

British Dictionary definitions for harked



(intr; usually imperative) to listen; pay attention

Word Origin for hark

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 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.

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