How Do You Spell HAWK?

Pronunciation: [hˈɔːk] (IPA)

The word "hawk" is spelled with four letters, but its phonetics can be a bit tricky. The initial sound of the word is represented by the /h/ sound, which is a voiceless glottal fricative in IPA transcription. The vowel sound is /ɔ/ which is an open-mid back rounded vowel. The letter "w" is often silent in English words, but in this case it represents the /w/ sound, which is a voiced labial-velar approximant. The final sound, /k/, is a voiceless velar stop. Together, they form the word "hawk".

HAWK Meaning and Definition

  1. Hawk (noun):

    1. A bird of prey belonging to the family Accipitridae, typically having sharp curved beaks and strong talons, known for their keen eyesight and swift flight. Hawks are carnivorous hunters that primarily feed on small mammals, birds, and reptiles.

    2. A person who advocates for aggressive or forceful actions, particularly in political or military contexts. The term "hawk" is often used to describe individuals who favor a belligerent or confrontational approach, advocating for strong national defense or robust foreign policies.

    3. In financial markets, a hawk refers to an investor or analyst who holds an optimistic outlook regarding the economy or specific sectors. These individuals tend to believe in strong growth prospects, lower interest rates, and favorable market conditions.

    4. To hawk (verb) refers to the act of selling, peddling, or advertising products or services aggressively, typically in a public setting. It involves loudly and persistently calling attention to the goods or services being offered, and is often associated with street vendors or market sellers.

    5. The term "hawk" can also be an abbreviation for the professional basketball team Atlanta Hawks, based in Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States. Established in 1946, the Hawks compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and are a well-known franchise in the sport.

  2. An explosive expiration made to clear the throat of mucus.

    A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.

  3. • A bird of prey of several species.
    • To fly trained hawks at birds on the wing.
    • To bring up phlegm by coughing.
    • To carry about goods for sale from place to place; to peddle.
    • A small flat board, having a handle underneath, used by plasterers when at work with mortar or plaster.

    Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Etymology of HAWK

The word "hawk" can be traced back to the Old English word "hafoc", which was derived from the Proto-Germanic word "habukaz". This Proto-Germanic word was further derived from the Proto-Indo-European root word "kobukos", which meant "falcon" or "hawk". The word has also been influenced by Middle Low German and Old High German, where it took the form "habuh" and "habuhho" respectively. Over time, the word evolved into "hawk" in Middle English and has remained relatively unchanged since then.

Idioms with the word HAWK

  • the hawk The idiom "the hawk" typically refers to someone who has a keen and watchful eye, especially when it comes to spotting potential dangers or threats. It implies that the person is vigilant, alert, and observant, similar to how a hawk is known for its sharp vision and ability to detect prey from a distance.
  • know a hawk from a handsaw The idiom "know a hawk from a handsaw" means to have clear and acute perception or discernment. It implies the ability to distinguish and understand the true nature or details of a situation, often used when someone possesses strong observational or analytical skills.
  • have eyes like a hawk The idiom "have eyes like a hawk" is used to describe someone who has exceptionally sharp and keen eyesight, able to notice even the smallest details or spot things from a great distance. It implies that someone is observant, vigilant, and has a heightened sense of awareness.
  • watch sm or sth like a hawk The idiom "watch something or someone like a hawk" means to closely and carefully observe or monitor someone or something, often with suspicion or vigilance. It implies being extremely attentive and not missing any details or movements. The phrase draws from the keen eyesight and alertness of hawks that allows them to track and capture prey.
  • watch (someone or something) like a hawk To watch someone or something like a hawk means to observe them extremely closely and attentively, paying meticulous attention to every detail or movement.
  • watch like a hawk The idiom "watch like a hawk" means to observe someone or something very closely and attentively, often with suspicion or vigilance. It implies being extremely watchful and attentive, similar to how a hawk would keenly watch its surroundings for prey or potential dangers.
  • between hawk and buzzard The idiom "between hawk and buzzard" refers to being caught or stuck in a difficult or uncomfortable situation with limited or unfavorable options. It signifies being in a predicament where one must choose between two equally challenging or undesirable alternatives.
  • watch someone like a hawk To "watch someone like a hawk" means to closely observe or keep a vigilant eye on someone, usually because they are suspected of doing something wrong or because they are in a position where close monitoring is necessary. This idiom suggests intense scrutiny and attentiveness, similar to how a hawk would watch its prey from above with keen focus.
  • watch sb like a hawk The idiom "watch someone like a hawk" means to observe or monitor someone closely and attentively, typically with suspicion or skepticism. It suggests a high level of vigilance and scrutiny, as though one is constantly keeping a close eye on someone's actions or behavior.
  • have (got) eyes like a hawk The idiom "have (got) eyes like a hawk" means to have exceptionally keen or sharp vision, being able to notice even the slightest details or movements. It primarily refers to someone who is very observant and perceptive.

Similar spelling words for HAWK

Plural form of HAWK is HAWKS

Conjugate verb Hawk


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