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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hawknoun

    diurnal bird of prey typically having short rounded wings and a long tail

  2. hawk, war hawknoun

    an advocate of an aggressive policy on foreign relations

  3. mortarboard, hawkverb

    a square board with a handle underneath; used by masons to hold or carry mortar

  4. peddle, monger, huckster, hawk, vend, pitchverb

    sell or offer for sale from place to place

  5. hawkverb

    hunt with hawks

    "the tribes like to hawk in the desert"

  6. clear the throat, hawkverb

    clear mucus or food from one's throat

    "he cleared his throat before he started to speak"


  1. hawknoun

    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.

  2. hawkverb

    To sell.

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

  3. hawknoun

    An effort to force up phlegm from the throat, accompanied with noise.

  4. hawkverb

    To forcibly attempt to cough up (phlegm).

    Jim hawked up some spit and spat it on the sidewalk.

  5. hawkverb

    To clear the throat loudly.

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

  6. Etymology: hauk, from hafoc, from habukaz (compare West Frisian hauk, havik, Habicht), from kobuĝo (compare capys, capus 'bird of prey', gabonjë, shkabë 'eagle', кобец 'falcon').

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hawknoun

    one of numerous species and genera of rapacious birds of the family Falconidae. They differ from the true falcons in lacking the prominent tooth and notch of the bill, and in having shorter and less pointed wings. Many are of large size and grade into the eagles. Some, as the goshawk, were formerly trained like falcons. In a more general sense the word is not infrequently applied, also, to true falcons, as the sparrow hawk, pigeon hawk, duck hawk, and prairie hawk

  2. Hawkverb

    to catch, or attempt to catch, birds by means of hawks trained for the purpose, and let loose on the prey; to practice falconry

  3. Hawkverb

    to make an attack while on the wing; to soar and strike like a hawk; -- generally with at; as, to hawk at flies

  4. Hawkverb

    to clear the throat with an audible sound by forcing an expiratory current of air through the narrow passage between the depressed soft palate and the root of the tongue, thus aiding in the removal of foreign substances

  5. Hawkverb

    to raise by hawking, as phlegm

  6. Hawknoun

    an effort to force up phlegm from the throat, accompanied with noise

  7. Hawkverb

    to offer for sale by outcry in the street; to carry (merchandise) about from place to place for sale; to peddle; as, to hawk goods or pamphlets

  8. Hawknoun

    a small board, with a handle on the under side, to hold mortar

  9. Etymology: [W. hochi.]


  1. Hawk

    Hawk is a common name for some birds of prey, widely distributed and varying greatly in size. ⁕In Australia and Africa hawks include some of the species in the subfamily Accipitrinae, which comprises the genera Accipiter, Micronisus, Melierax, Urotriorchis and Megatriorchis. The large and widespread Accipiter genus includes goshawks, sparrowhawks, the Sharp-shinned Hawk and others. These are mainly woodland birds with long tails and high visual acuity, hunting by sudden dashes from a concealed perch. ⁕In North America the term includes falcons and small to medium-sized members of the Accipitridae—the family which includes the "true hawks" as well as eagles, kites, harriers and buzzards. Owls are members of the order Strigiformes and are not hawks. The common names of some birds include the term "hawk", reflecting traditional usage rather than taxonomy, such as referring to an Osprey as a "fish hawk" or the Buteo species B. jamaicensis as a Red-tailed Hawk.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hawk

    hawk, n. the name of several birds of prey allied to the falcons: a rapacious person.—v.i. to hunt birds with hawks trained for the purpose: to attack on the wing.—ns. Hawk′-bell, a small bell attached to a hawk's leg; Hawk′bit, a genus of plants of order Compositæ, closely related to the dandelion; Hawk′er.—adj. Hawk′-eyed.—n. Hawk′ing.—adj. Hawk′ish.—n. Hawk′-moth, a very large kind of moth, so called from its hovering motion.—adj. Hawk′-nosed, having a nose like a hawk's beak.—ns. Hawks′beard, a genus of annual and biennial plants of order Compositæ, closely related to hawkweed; Hawk′weed, a genus of perennial plants of order Compositæ.—Know a hawk from a handsaw (prob. for hernshaw), to be able to judge between things pretty well. [A.S. hafoc; Dut. havik, Ger. habicht, Ice. haukr.]

  2. Hawk

    hawk, v.i. to force up matter from the throat.—n. the effort to do this. [Imit.]

  3. Hawk

    hawk, n. a plasterer's tool.

Rap Dictionary

  1. hawkverb

    To look at something.

  2. hawkverb

    Cold temperature. "Its hawkin outside"

  3. hawknoun

    A knife or blade. The hawk is out but the niggaz never pack it -- Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth (Ghettos of the Mind), Banner had 'em on the hawk since Atlanta extravaganza -- De La Soul (Much More)

  4. hawknoun

    The wind, especially when it is blowing hard.

  5. hawknoun

    Slang for 'Desert Eagle'

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hawk in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hawk in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of hawk in a Sentence

  1. The ARES study:

    From a virtually non-existent domestic market, the revolution and its aftermath paved the way for a large illicit arms trade to emerge, many of the players in this new market began to use new technologies to hawk their wares. Online sales via social media platforms are one of the tools currently being used for this purpose.

  2. Brian Reynolds:

    Credit traders continue to watch stocks like a hawk.

  3. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    You missed the shadow of the hawk on the vole if you think how wonderfully free a vole is!

  4. Bryan Wilson:

    So that's part of the reason I did the first one. I got ta do this, you know ? they kind of knew about the nickname' law hawk,' and they thought,' Yeah, we'll use that and make a ridiculous commercial.'.

  5. Stephanie Drumheller:

    Allosaurus might not have been as big as T. rex, but it was no slouch as an apex predator, it was able to hyper-extend its jaw for a super-wide gape. It was a hatchet feeder like a hawk, meaning it would chop into prey with its head. It had long arms with grasping claws and a strong bite force. Track sites suggest it might have been a long-distance hunter that would follow herds for miles to pick off prey.

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