Hawk

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English

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A juvenile goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)

Noun

Hawk (plural Hawks)
  1. A diurnal predatory bird of the family Accipitridae.
    It is illegal to hunt hawks or other raptors in many parts of the world.
  2. (politics) An advocate of aggressive political positions.
    The hawks controlled the senate, so the Minister of War had few problems with his budget.
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Hawk (third-person singular simple present Hawks, present participle Hawking, simple past and past participle Hawked)

  1. (transitive) To hunt with a hawk.
    • 2003, Brenda Joyce, House of Dreams, page 175:
      He rode astride while hawking; she falconed in the ladylike position of sidesaddle.

Noun

Hawk (plural Hawks)
  1. 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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Hawk (third-person singular simple present Hawks, present participle Hawking, simple past and past participle Hawked)

  1. (transitive) To sell.
    The vendors were hawking their wares from little tables lining either side of the market square.

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Hawk (third-person singular simple present Hawks, present participle Hawking, simple past and past participle Hawked)

  1. (transitive) To forcibly attempt to cough up (phlegm).
    Jim hawked up some spit and spat it on the sidewalk.
  2. (intransitive) 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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alights; —attacks; —dashes; —destroys;—dodges; —floats; —glides; —gyrates; — pounces on; —preys on; —prowls about; — sails; —scans; —screams; —screeches; — seizes; —severs; —skims; —soars; —somersaults; —squeals; —sweeps down; —twists;—swerves; —swoops; —wheels around; — whistles.

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Argus, beat, cat, chase, chauvinist, course, dispense, dog, dribble, drive, drivel, drool, eagle, expectorate, falcon, ferret, flush, follow the hounds, fowl, go hunting, gun, hound, huckster, hunt, hunt down, jack, jacklight, jingo, jingoist, lynx, militarist, monger, peddle, prowl after, ride to hounds, run, salivate, shikar, shoot, slabber, slaver, slobber, spew, spit, sport, stalk, start, still-hunt, track, trail, vend, war dog, war hawk, warmonger, weasel

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Etymology 1

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').

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Etymology 3

Back-formation from hawker.

Etymology 4

Possibly (onomatopoeia)


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