Hawk meaning

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To hawk is defined as to hunt or to attack by swooping.

An example of to hawk is for a shark to go after a smaller fish.

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The definition of a hawk is a bird of prey with a short hooked bill and strong claws, or someone or something that preys on others.

An example of a hawk is a Cooper's hawk.

An example of a hawk is a shark in search of food.

An example of a hawk is a person who is an advocate of military force to carry out foreign policy.

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Any of various birds of prey, especially of the genera Accipiter and Buteo in the family Accipitridae, characteristically having a short hooked bill and strong claws used for seizing.
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Any of various similar birds of prey.
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A person who preys on others; a shark.
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To hunt with trained hawks.
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To swoop and strike in the manner of a hawk.
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To peddle goods aggressively, especially by calling out.
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To peddle (goods) aggressively, especially by calling out.
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To clear or attempt to clear the throat by or as if by coughing up phlegm.
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To clear the throat of (phlegm).
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An audible effort to clear the throat by expelling phlegm.
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A person who advocates an aggressive approach or response to a problem, crisis, etc.; specif., an advocate of military action in an international dispute.
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A person regarded as having the preying or grasping nature of a hawk; cheater; swindler.
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To hunt birds or other small game with the help of falcons or other hawks.
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To attack by or as by swooping and striking.
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To attack or prey on as a hawk does.
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To advertise or peddle (goods) in the streets by shouting.
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To advertise or sell.
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To clear the throat audibly.
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To bring up (phlegm) by coughing.
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An audible clearing of the throat.
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A flat, square piece of wood or metal with a handle underneath, for carrying mortar or plaster.
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It is illegal to hunt hawks or other raptors in many parts of the world.

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(politics) An advocate of aggressive political positions and actions; a warmonger.
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To hunt with a hawk.
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(intransitive) To make an attack while on the wing; to soar and strike like a hawk.

To hawk at flies.

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A plasterer's tool, made of a flat surface with a handle below, used to hold an amount of plaster prior to application to the wall or ceiling being worked on: a mortarboard.
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To sell; to offer for sale by outcry in the street; to carry (merchandise) about from place to place for sale; to peddle.

The vendors were hawking their wares from little tables lining either side of the market square.

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An effort to force up phlegm from the throat, accompanied with noise.
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(intransitive) To cough up something from one's throat.
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(intransitive) To try to cough up something from one's throat; to clear the throat loudly.

Grandpa sat on the front porch, hawking and wheezing, as he packed his pipe with cheap tobacco.

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Origin of hawk

  • Middle English hauk from Old English hafoc kap- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle English hauken back-formation from hauker hawker
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Imitative
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle English hauk, from Old English hafoc, from Proto-Germanic *habukaz (compare West Frisian hauk, Dutch havik, German Habicht), from Proto-Indo-European *kobuĝo (compare Latin capys, capus 'bird of prey', Albanian gabonjë, shkabë 'eagle', Russian кобец (kóbec) 'falcon', Polish kobuz 'Eurasian Hobby').
    From Wiktionary
  • Uncertain origin; perhaps from Middle English hache (“battle-axe”), or from a variant use of the above.
    From Wiktionary
  • Back-formation from hawker.
    From Wiktionary
  • Onomatopoeia.
    From Wiktionary