- any of numerous birds of prey of the family Accipitridae, having a short, hooked beak, broad wings, and curved talons, often seen circling or swooping at low altitudes.
- any of several similar, unrelated birds, as the nighthawk.
- Informal. a person who preys on others, as a sharper.
- Also called war hawk. Informal. a person, especially one in public office, who advocates war or a belligerent national attitude.Compare dove1(def 5).
- any person who pursues an aggressive policy in business, government, etc.: The corporation is now run by a bunch of young hawks.
- to fly, or hunt on the wing, like a hawk.
- to hunt with hawks.
Origin of hawk1
- 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.).
- to carry wares about for sale; peddle.
Origin of hawk2
- to make an effort to raise phlegm from the throat; clear the throat noisily.
- to raise by noisily clearing the throat: to hawk phlegm up.
- a noisy effort to clear the throat.
Origin of hawk3
Examples from the Web for hawked
Later in that same show, guest Hillary Clinton hawked her new book together with her hawkish views on the Middle East.How Jon Stewart Made It Okay to Care About Palestinian Suffering
July 21, 2014
Someone in Serbia hawked 1,500 tickets for £80,000 in cash—about $125,000.Sex, Bribes & Rhythmic Gymnastics: The IOC’s Biggest Scandals
September 6, 2013
But he has more stamina than any host who has ever hawked Turtle Wax.Is Alex Trebek in Jeopardy?
February 13, 2011
It is average at best and hawked like it is the ultimate indulgence.Gal With a Suitcase: Shanghai
January 7, 2011
Two days afterwards, the story was hawked about the streets.The Stranger in France
Donkey-loads of hoja, or corn-shucks, were hawked about for sale.Some Heroes of Travel
W. H. Davenport Adams
Had I understood the trick, I would have hawked for them and helped feed them myself!Winter
Dallas Lore Sharp
Either "he" or "she" hawked or "did some'at" and got a living for both.Glimpses into the Abyss
He hawked about his notion of the way to India at all the courts of Europe.The Eighteen Christian Centuries
- any of various diurnal birds of prey of the family Accipitridae, such as the goshawk and Cooper's hawk, typically having short rounded wings and a long tailRelated adjective: accipitrine
- US and Canadian any of various other falconiform birds, including the falcons but not the eagles or vultures
- a person who advocates or supports war or warlike policiesCompare dove 1 (def. 2)
- a ruthless or rapacious person
- know a hawk from a handsaw to be able to judge things; be discerning
- (intr) to hunt with falcons, hawks, etc
- (intr) (of falcons or hawks) to fly in quest of prey
- to pursue or attack on the wing, as a hawk
- to offer (goods) for sale, as in the street
- (tr often foll by about) to spread (news, gossip, etc)
- (intr) to clear the throat noisily
- (tr) to force (phlegm) up from the throat
- British a slang word for spit 1
- a noisy clearing of the throat
- a small square board with a handle underneath, used for carrying wet plaster or mortarAlso called: mortar board
Word Origin and History for hawked
"to hunt with a hawk," mid-14c., from hawk (n.).
"to clear one's throat," 1580s, imitative.
c.1300, hauk, earlier havek (c.1200), from Old English hafoc (W. Saxon), heafuc (Mercian), heafoc, from Proto-Germanic *habukaz (cf. Old Norse haukr, Old Saxon habuc, Middle Dutch havik, Old High German habuh, German Habicht "hawk"), from a root meaning "to seize," from PIE *kap- "to grasp" (cf. Russian kobec "a kind of falcon;" see capable). Transferred sense of "militarist" attested from 1962.
"to sell in the open, peddle," late 15c., back-formation from hawker "itinerant vendor" (c.1400), from Middle Low German höken "to peddle, carry on the back, squat," from Proto-Germanic *huk-. Related: Hawked; hawking. Despite the etymological connection with stooping under a burden on one's back, a hawker is technically distinguished from a peddler by use of a horse and cart or a van.
Idioms and Phrases with hawked
see watch like a hawk.