Hark Definition

harking, harks
harking, harks
To listen to; hear.
Webster's New World
To listen carefully.
Webster's New World
hark back
  • to return to an earlier point so as to pick up the scent or trail again
  • to go back in thought or speech; revert
Webster's New World

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Origin of Hark

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English harken, herken from Old English heorcian

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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