- Literary. to give heed or attention to what is said; listen.
- Archaic. to listen to; hear.
Origin of hearken
Related Words for hearkenedhark, attend, eavesdrop, get, read, give, strain, apprehend, devour, take, descry, catch, heed, listen, overhear, auscultate
Examples from the Web for hearkened
Historical Examples of hearkened
With my back to them and my ear to the door I hearkened outward.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
I have hearkened to your words, and marked well your counsels.Fox's Book of Martyrs
Latisan, lingering on the porch, had hearkened and observed.Joan of Arc of the North Woods
But he was not frightened, for he had not yet learned how to be; so he sat up and hearkened.At the Back of the North Wind
It was apparent that he had more to say; and all there hearkened to hear what it might be.From Place to Place
Irvin S. Cobb
sometimes US harken
- archaic to listen to (something)