harken

[ hahr-kuh n ]
/ ˈhɑr kən /
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verb (used with or without object)


Nearby words

  1. harira,
  2. harishchandra,
  3. harissa,
  4. hark,
  5. hark back,
  6. harkins,
  7. harkness,
  8. harl,
  9. harlan,
  10. harlan, john marshall

Related formshark·en·er, noun

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 formsheark·en·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for harkening

harken

/ (ˈhɑːkən) /

verb

a variant spelling (esp US) of hearken
Derived Formsharkener, noun

hearken

sometimes US harken

/ (ˈhɑːkən) /

verb

archaic to listen to (something)
Derived Formshearkener, noun

Word Origin for hearken

Old English heorcnian; see hark

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