I. noun Etymology: Middle English hauk, from Old English hafoc; akin to Old High German habuh hawk, Russian kobets a falcon Date: before 12th century 1. any of numerous diurnal birds of prey belonging to a suborder (Falcones of the order Falconiformes) and including all the smaller members of this group; especially accipiter 2. a small board or metal sheet with a handle on the underside used to hold mortar 3. one who takes a militant attitude and advocates immediate vigorous action; especially a supporter of a war or warlike policy — compare dovehawkish adjectivehawkishly adverbhawkishness noun II. verb Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to hunt birds by means of a trained hawk 2. to soar and strike like a hawk transitive verb to hunt on the wing like a hawk III. verb Etymology: imitative Date: 1581 transitive verb to raise by trying to clear the throat <
hawk up phlegm
intransitive verb to utter a harsh guttural sound in or as if in hawking IV. noun Date: 1604 an audible effort to force up phlegm from the throat V. transitive verb Etymology: back-formation from 2hawker Date: 1713 to offer for sale by calling out in the street <
hawking newspapers
; broadly sell

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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