a detective.

Nearby words

  1. hawks,
  2. hawks and doves,
  3. hawks, howard,
  4. hawksbill,
  5. hawksbill turtle,
  6. hawksmoor,
  7. hawksmoor, nicholas,
  8. hawkweed,
  9. hawkyns,
  10. haworth

Origin of hawkshaw

1900–05; after Hawkshaw, a detective in the play The Ticket of Leave Man (1863) by Tom Taylor

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Word Origin and History for hawkshaw



"detective," U.S. slang, from name of the detective in "The Ticket-of-Leave Man," 1863 play by English dramatist Tom Taylor (1817-1880); it also was used in the comic strip "Hawkshaw the Detective" (1913-1947) by U.S. cartoonist Gus Mager (1878-1956). The surname is attested from late 13c., from a place name in Lancashire.

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