resembling a hawk, as in appearance or behavior.
advocating war or a belligerently threatening diplomatic policy.

Origin of hawkish

First recorded in 1835–45; hawk1 + -ish1
Related formshawk·ish·ly, adverbhawk·ish·ness, noun
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favouring the use or display of force rather than diplomacy to achieve foreign policy goals
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Word Origin and History for hawkishness



"hawk-like," by 1703, from hawk (n.) + -ish. Sense of "militaristic" is from 1965, from hawk in the transferred sense.

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