harken

[ hahr-kuh n ]
/ ˈhɑr kən /

verb (used with or without object)

Related forms

hark·en·er, noun

Definition for harken (2 of 2)

hearken

or hark·en

[ hahr-kuh n ]
/ ˈhɑr kən /

verb (used without object)

Literary. to give heed or attention to what is said; listen.

verb (used with object)

Archaic. to listen to; hear.

Origin of hearken

1150–1200; Middle English hercnen, Old English he(o)rcnian, suffixed form of assumed *heorcian; see hark, -en1

Related forms

heark·en·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for harken (1 of 2)

harken

/ (ˈhɑːkən) /

verb

a variant spelling (esp US) of hearken

Derived Forms

harkener, noun

British Dictionary definitions for harken (2 of 2)

hearken

sometimes US harken

/ (ˈhɑːkən) /

verb

archaic to listen to (something)

Derived Forms

hearkener, noun

Word Origin for hearken

Old English heorcnian; see hark
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