An example of hark is having everyone be quiet so you can try to hear a noise.
- to return to an earlier point so as to pick up the scent or trail again
- to go back in thought or speech; revert
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of hark
- Middle English harken, herken from Old English heorcian
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”).