Hearken Definition

harkened, harkening, harkens, hearkened, hearkening, hearkens
hearkened, hearkening, hearkens
To give careful attention; listen carefully.
Webster's New World
To heed; hear.
Webster's New World
hearken back
  • to go back in thought or speech; revert; hark back
Webster's New World

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Origin of Hearken

  • From Middle English hercnen, from Old English *heorcnian, suffixed form of an assumed *heorcian (cf. hark), from the same root as hȳran (whence hear), with a formative/intensive -k. Equivalent to hark + -en.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English herknen from Old English hercnian kous- in Indo-European roots

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

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