[ haw-kish ]
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  1. resembling a hawk, as in appearance or behavior.

  2. advocating war or a belligerently threatening diplomatic policy.

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Origin of hawkish

First recorded in 1835–45; hawk1 + -ish1

Other words from hawkish

  • hawk·ish·ly, adverb
  • hawk·ish·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for hawkish


/ (ˈhɔːkɪʃ) /

  1. favouring the use or display of force rather than diplomacy to achieve foreign policy goals

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