hawk

1
[ hawk ]
/ hɔk /

noun

verb (used without object)

to fly, or hunt on the wing, like a hawk.
to hunt with hawks.

Nearby words

  1. hawash,
  2. hawes water,
  3. hawfinch,
  4. hawg,
  5. hawick,
  6. hawk moth,
  7. hawk owl,
  8. hawk's beard,
  9. hawk's-beard,
  10. hawk's-eye

Origin of hawk

1
before 900; Middle English hauk(e), Old English hafoc; cognate with Old Frisian havek, Old Saxon habuc Old High German habuh, Old Norse haukr hawk, perhaps Polish kobuz kind of falcon

Related formshawk·like, adjective

hawk

2
[ hawk ]
/ hɔk /

verb (used with object)

to peddle or offer for sale by calling aloud in public.
to advertise or offer for sale: to hawk soap on television.
to spread (rumors, news, etc.).

verb (used without object)

to carry wares about for sale; peddle.

Origin of hawk

2
First recorded in 1470–80; back formation from hawker2

hawk

3
[ hawk ]
/ hɔk /

verb (used without object)

to make an effort to raise phlegm from the throat; clear the throat noisily.

verb (used with object)

to raise by noisily clearing the throat: to hawk phlegm up.

noun

a noisy effort to clear the throat.

Origin of hawk

3
1575–85; imitative; see haw1

hawk

4
[ hawk ]
/ hɔk /

noun

a small, square board with a handle underneath it, used by plasterers and masons to hold plaster or mortar being applied.

Origin of hawk

4
1350–1400; Middle English; perhaps variant of hache battle-ax (see hatchet)

Hawk

[ hawk ]
/ hɔk /

noun Military.

a medium-range, mobile U.S. surface-to-air missile system.

Origin of Hawk

H(oming) A(ll the) W(ay) K(iller)

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British Dictionary definitions for hawk

hawk

1
/ (hɔːk) /

noun

verb

Derived Formshawklike, adjective

Word Origin for hawk

from Shakespeare (Hamlet II:2:375); handsaw is probably a corruption of dialect heronshaw heron Old English hafoc; related to Old Norse haukr, Old Frisian havek, Old High German habuh, Polish kobuz

verb

to offer (goods) for sale, as in the street
(tr often foll by about) to spread (news, gossip, etc)

Word Origin for hawk

C16: back formation from hawker 1

verb

(intr) to clear the throat noisily
(tr) to force (phlegm) up from the throat
British a slang word for spit 1

noun

a noisy clearing of the throat

Word Origin for hawk

C16: of imitative origin; see haw ²

noun

a small square board with a handle underneath, used for carrying wet plaster or mortarAlso called: mortar board

Word Origin for hawk

of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for hawk
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Idioms and Phrases with hawk

hawk

see watch like a hawk.

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