any of numerous birds of prey of the family Accipitridae, having a short, hooked beak, broad wings, and curved talons, often seen circling or swooping at low altitudes.
any of several similar, unrelated birds, as the .
Informal. a person who preys on others, as a sharper.
Also called war hawk. Informal. a person, especially one in public office, who advocates war or a belligerent national attitude.
Compare 1 (def 5).
any person who pursues an aggressive policy in business, government, etc.:
The corporation is now run by a bunch of young hawks.
verb (used without object)
to fly, or hunt on the wing, like a hawk.
to hunt with hawks.
any of various diurnal birds of prey of the family Accipitridae, such as the goshawk and Cooper’s hawk, typically having short rounded wings and a long tail related adjective accipitrine
(US & Canadian) any of various other falconiform birds, including the falcons but not the eagles or vultures
a person who advocates or supports war or warlike policies Compare dove1 (sense 2)
a ruthless or rapacious person
know a hawk from a handsaw, to be able to judge things; be discerning
(intransitive) to hunt with falcons, hawks, etc
(intransitive) (of falcons or hawks) to fly in quest of prey
to pursue or attack on the wing, as a hawk
to offer (goods) for sale, as in the street
(transitive) often foll by about. to spread (news, gossip, etc)
(intransitive) to clear the throat noisily
(transitive) to force (phlegm) up from the throat
(Brit) a slang word for spit1
a noisy clearing of the throat
a small square board with a handle underneath, used for carrying wet plaster or mortar Also called mortar board
c.1300, hauk, earlier havek (c.1200), from Old English hafoc (W. Saxon), heafuc (Mercian), heafoc, from Proto-Germanic *habukaz (cf. Old Norse haukr, Old Saxon habuc, Middle Dutch havik, Old High German habuh, German Habicht “hawk”), from a root meaning “to seize,” from PIE *kap- “to grasp” (cf. Russian kobec “a kind of falcon;” see capable). Transferred sense of “militarist” attested from 1962.
“to sell in the open, peddle,” late 15c., back-formation from hawker “itinerant vendor” (c.1400), from Middle Low German höken “to peddle, carry on the back, squat,” from Proto-Germanic *huk-. Related: Hawked; hawking. Despite the etymological connection with stooping under a burden on one’s back, a hawker is technically distinguished from a peddler by use of a horse and cart or a van.
“to hunt with a hawk,” mid-14c., from hawk (n.).
“to clear one’s throat,” 1580s, imitative.
To clear one’s throat; cough up and spit: let out of their cells to wash, hawk, stretch (1583+)
A imitation Indian haircut affected by punk rockers; mohawk: egg or soap it into the hawk (1980s+)
The cold winter wind: Well, looks like the hawk is getting ready to hit the scene and send temperatures down
[1900+ Black; origin unknown; perhaps fr the strong biting quality of such a wind]
(Heb. netz, a word expressive of strong and rapid flight, and hence appropriate to the hawk). It is an unclean bird (Lev. 11:16; Deut. 14:15). It is common in Syria and surrounding countries. The Hebrew word includes various species of Falconidae, with special reference perhaps to the kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), the hobby (Hypotriorchis subbuteo), and the lesser kestrel (Tin, Cenchris). The kestrel remains all the year in Palestine, but some ten or twelve other species are all migrants from the south. Of those summer visitors to Palestine special mention may be made of the Falco sacer and the Falco lanarius. (See NIGHT-HAWK ØT0002729.)
see: watch like a hawk
noun 1. any of numerous moths of the family Sphingidae, noted for their very swift flight and ability to hover while sipping nectar from flowers. noun 1. any of various moths of the family Sphingidae, having long narrow wings and powerful flight, with the ability to hover over flowers when feeding from the nectar Also […]
noun 1. a gray and white diurnal owl, Surnia ulula, of northern parts of the Northern Hemisphere, resembling a hawk in appearance and actions. noun 1. a hawklike northern owl, Surnia ulula, with a long slender tail and brownish speckled plumage
[hawk-nohz] /ˈhɔkˌnoʊz/ noun 1. a nose curved like the beak of a hawk.
[hawks] /hɔks/ noun 1. Howard (Winchester) 1896–1977, U.S. film director. [hawk] /hɔk/ noun 1. any of numerous birds of prey of the family Accipitridae, having a short, hooked beak, broad wings, and curved talons, often seen circling or swooping at low altitudes. 2. any of several similar, unrelated birds, as the . 3. Informal. a […]