sparrow hawk

  1. a small, short-winged European hawk, Accipiter nisus, that preys on smaller birds.

Origin of sparrow hawk

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50

Words Nearby sparrow hawk Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sparrow hawk in a sentence

  • It was usually represented as a bird, especially as a human-headed sparrow-hawk.

    Scarabs | Isaac Myer
  • And the Earl told Geraint that the Sparrow-hawk gave a prize at the tournament.

  • The Sparrow-Hawk lays from four to six eggs of a bluish-white, spotted more numerously at the larger end with red-brown blotches.

  • The sun had climbed quite high before the sparrow-hawk came swinging round the wood.

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  • It was a rather long, richly-gilded vessel, and bore a silver sparrow-hawk as figure-head.

British Dictionary definitions for sparrowhawk (1 of 2)


/ (ˈspærəʊˌhɔːk) /

  1. any of several small hawks, esp Accipiter nisus, of Eurasia and N Africa that prey on smaller birds

British Dictionary definitions for sparrow hawk (2 of 2)

sparrow hawk

  1. a very small North American falcon, Falco sparverius, that is closely related to the kestrels

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