An example of hark is having everyone be quiet so you can try to hear a noise.
Origin of harkMiddle English herkien (akin to German horchen) ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Old English an unverified form heorcian or ; from Old English heorcnian: see hearken
- to return to an earlier point so as to pick up the scent or trail again
- to go back in thought or speech; revert
intransitive verbharked, hark·ing, harks
Origin of harkMiddle English harken, herken, from Old English *heorcian.
(third-person singular simple present harks, present participle harking, simple past and past participle harked)
From Middle English herken, herkien, from Old English *hercian, *heorcian, *hiercian, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *hauzijaną (“to hear”) + formative/intensive -k (see also the related hȳran, whence English hear). Cognate with Scots herk (“to hark”), North Frisian harke (“to hark”), West Frisian harkje (“to listen”), obsolete Dutch horken (“to hark, listen to”), Middle Low German horken (“to hark”), German horchen (“to hark, harken to”).