- Literary. to give heed or attention to what is said; listen.
- Archaic. to listen to; hear.
Origin of hearken
Related Words for hearkeninghark, attend, eavesdrop, get, read, give, strain, apprehend, devour, take, descry, catch, heed, listen, overhear, auscultate
Examples from the Web for hearkening
Historical Examples of hearkening
I could see no one; but, hearkening about, I found it must come from the next terrace.Wilfrid Cumbermede
Shame on a gentleman for hearkening to the foul-mouthed villains one moment.Two Penniless Princesses
Charlotte M. Yonge
But now I think I see you listening and hearkening that I should name him.Sermons on the Card and Other Discourses
Go away, missis; I've nought to do with you, either in hearkening, or talking.Mary Barton
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
But the men-folk gave all their ears to hearkening, and stood as close as they might.The House of the Wolfings
sometimes US harken
- archaic to listen to (something)
Word Origin for hearken
Old English heorcnunge "harkening, listening, power of hearing" (see hearken).