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hawk 1

1. Any of various birds of prey, especially of the genera Accipiter and Buteo in the family Accipitridae, characteristically having a short hooked bill and strong claws used for seizing.
2. Any of various similar birds of prey.
3. A person who preys on others; a shark.
a. One who demonstrates an actively aggressive or combative attitude, as in an argument.
b. A person who favors military force or action in order to carry out foreign policy.
intr.v. hawked, hawk·ing, hawks
1. To hunt with trained hawks.
2. To swoop and strike in the manner of a hawk: "It was fun to watch the scattered snail kites ... lifting and falling in the wind as they hawked across the shining grass and water" (Peter Matthiessen).

[Middle English hauk, from Old English hafoc; see kap- in Indo-European roots.]

hawk′ish adj.
hawk′ish·ly adv.
hawk′ish·ness n.

hawk 2

v. hawked, hawk·ing, hawks
To peddle goods aggressively, especially by calling out.
To peddle (goods) aggressively, especially by calling out.

[Middle English hauken, back-formation from hauker; see hawker.]

hawk 3

v. hawked, hawk·ing, hawks
To clear or attempt to clear the throat by or as if by coughing up phlegm.
To clear the throat of (phlegm).
An audible effort to clear the throat by expelling phlegm.



the quality or characteristic of a hawk
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hawkishness - any political orientation favoring aggressive policies
ideology, political orientation, political theory - an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group or nation
militarism - a political orientation of a people or a government to maintain a strong military force and to be prepared to use it aggressively to defend or promote national interests
war advocacy, warmongering - a policy of advocating war
dovishness - any political orientation favoring compromise to avoid conflict
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