Hearken Heark"en, v. t. 1. To hear by listening. [Archaic] [1913 Webster]

[She] hearkened now and then Some little whispering and soft groaning sound. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. To give heed to; to hear attentively. [Archaic] [1913 Webster]

The King of Naples . . . hearkens my brother's suit. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{To hearken out}, to search out. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

If you find none, you must hearken out a vein and buy. --B. Johnson. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Hearken — Heark en (h[aum]rk n), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Hearkened} ( nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Hearkening}.] [OE. hercnen, hercnien, AS. hercnian, heorcnian, fr. hi[ e]ran, h[=y]ran, to hear; akin to OD. harcken, horcken, LG. harken, horken, G. horchen. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hearken — O.E. heorcnian, a suffixed form of *heorcian, root of HARK (Cf. hark); from P.Gmc. *hausjan (see HEAR (Cf. hear)). Harken is the usual spelling in U.S. and probably is better justified by etymology; hearken likely is from influence of hear …   Etymology dictionary

  • hearken — (also harken) ► VERB (usu. hearken to) archaic ▪ listen. ORIGIN Old English, probably related to HARK(Cf. ↑hark) …   English terms dictionary

  • hearken — [här′kən] vi. [ME herknien < OE heorknian, hyrcnian < base of hieran: see HEAR] Now Literary to give careful attention; listen carefully: with to vt. Archaic to heed; hear to heed; hear hearken back to go back in thought or speech; revert;… …   English World dictionary

  • hearken — index concentrate (pay attention), defer (yield in judgment), eavesdrop Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • hearken — UK [ˈhɑː(r)kən] / US [ˈhɑrkən] verb [intransitive] Word forms hearken : present tense I/you/we/they hearken he/she/it hearkens present participle hearkening past tense hearkened past participle hearkened literary to listen …   English dictionary

  • hearken — [ hα:k(ə)n] (also harken) verb (usu. hearken to) archaic listen. Origin OE heorcnian; prob. related to hark …   English new terms dictionary

  • hearken — verb (hearkened; hearkening) Etymology: Middle English herknen, from Old English heorcnian; akin to Old High German hōrechen to listen, Old English hīeran to hear Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. listen 2. to give respectful… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hearken — hearkener, n. /hahr keuhn/, v.i. 1. Literary. to give heed or attention to what is said; listen. v.t. 2. Archaic. to listen to; hear. Also, harken. [1150 1200; ME hercnen, OE he(o)rcnian, suffixed form of assumed *heorcian; see HARK, EN1] * * * …   Universalium

  • hearken — verb /ˈherːkən,ˈhɑrkən/ a) To listen; to lend the ear; to attend or give heed to what is uttered; to hear with attention, obedience, or compliance. b) To hear by listening …   Wiktionary

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