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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Hawk
One of numerous species and genera of rapacious birds of the family Falconidæ. They differ from the true falcons in lacking the prominent tooth and notch of the bill, and in having shorter and less pointed wings. Many are of large size and grade into the eagles. Some, as the goshawk, were formerly trained like falcons. In a more general sense the word is not infrequently applied, also, to true falcons, as the sparrow hawk, pigeon hawk, duck hawk, and prairie hawk.

Note: ☞ Among the common American species are the red-tailed hawk (Buteo borealis); the red-shouldered (Buteo lineatus); the broad-winged (Buteo Pennsylvanicus); the rough-legged (Archibuteo lagopus); the sharp-shinned (Accipiter fuscus). See Fishhawk Goshawk Marsh hawk, under Marsh Night hawk, under Night.

Etymology: OE. haukprob. fr. Icel.), havek, AS. hafoc heafoc; akin to D. havik, OHG. habuh, G. habicht, Icel. haukr, Sw. hök, Dan. hög, prob. from the root of E. heave

verb Hawk
  1. To catch, or attempt to catch, birds by means of hawks trained for the purpose, and let loose on the prey; to practice falconry."A falconer Henry is, when Emma hawks." [Prior.]
  2. To make an attack while on the wing; to soar and strike like a hawk; -- generally with at; as, to hawk at flies."A falcon, towering in her pride of place, Was by a mousing owl hawked at and killed." [Shak.]
verb Hawk
To clear the throat with an audible sound by forcing an expiratory current of air through the narrow passage between the depressed soft palate and the root of the tongue, thus aiding in the removal of foreign substances.

Etymology: W. hochi

verb Hawk
To raise by hawking, as phlegm.
noun Hawk
An effort to force up phlegm from the throat, accompanied with noise.

Etymology: W. hoch

verb Hawk
To offer for sale by outcry in the street; to carry (merchandise) about from place to place for sale; to peddle; as, to hawk goods or pamphlets.

Etymology: Akin to D. hauker a hawker, G. höken höcken, to higgle, to retail, höke höker, a higgler, huckster. See Huckster

noun Hawk
A small board, with a handle on the under side, to hold mortar.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Diurnal bird of prey typically having short rounded wings and a long tail
  2. A square board with a handle underneath; used by masons to hold or carry mortar
  3. An advocate of an aggressive policy on foreign relations
  4. Clear mucus or food from one's throat
  5. Hunt with hawks ("the tribes like to hawk in the desert")
  6. Sell or offer for sale from place to place

From Middle English hauk, hauke, hawke, havek, from Old English hafoc, heafoc, from Proto-Germanic *habukaz (compare West Frisian hauk, German Low German Haavke, Dutch havik, German Habicht, Norwegian hauk, Faroese heykur, Icelandic haukur), from Proto-Indo-European *kopuǵos (compare Latin capys, capus (“bird of prey”), Albanian gabonjë, shkabë (“eagle”), Russian ко́бец (kóbec, “falcon”), Polish kobuz (“Eurasian Hobby”)), perhaps ultimately derived from *keh₂p- (“seize”).

  1. A diurnal predatory bird of the family Accipitridae.
    It is illegal to hunt or other raptors in many parts of the world.
  2. (politics) An advocate of aggressive political positions and actions; a warmonger.
  3. (game theory) An uncooperative or purely-selfish participant in an exchange or game, especially when untrusting, acquisitive or treacherous. Refers specifically to the Prisoner's Dilemma, alias the Hawk-Dove game.

Uncertain origin; perhaps from Middle English hache (“battle-axe”), or from a variant use of the above.

  1. A plasterer's tool, made of a flat surface with a handle below, used to hold an amount of plaster prior to application to the wall or ceiling being worked on: a mortarboard.

Back-formation from hawker.


  1. An effort to force up phlegm from the throat, accompanied with noise.

    Notable Persons Named Hawk

    Hawk Koch is a film producer. Hawk was given the name Howard Winchel Koch, Jr. by his parent Howard W. Koch on December 14th, 1945 in Los Angeles.


    Hawk Wolinski is a rock music and film score keyboardist, songwriter, record producer, and composer. Hawk was given the name David J. Wolinski .


    Hawk was born on June 12th, 1941. He died on December 14th, 2000.


    Hawk Taylor was a baseball. Hawk was born on April 3rd, 1939 in Metropolis, Illinois. He breathed his last breath on June 9th, 2012.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Hawk

    Tony Hawk is an athlete. Tony was born on May 12th, 1968 in Carlsbad, California.


    Silentó is a hip hop musician. He was most prominent from 2015 to 2015. Silentó was given the name Richard Lamar Hawk on January 22nd, 1998 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. Silentó is also known as The Nae Nae-r.


    Road Warrior Hawk was a wrestler. Road was born on September 12th, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. He died on October 19th, 2003.


    Kali Hawk is an actress, comedian, and model. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1997 to present. Kali was born on October 4th, 1986.


    Black Hawk was a war captain; band leader. Black was given the name Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak in 1767 in Black Hawk State Historic Site. Black is also known as Black Sparrow Hawk. He died in 1838.


    A. J. Hawk is an american football player for the Cincinnati Bengals. A. was born on January 6th, 1984 in Kettering, Ohio.


    How popular is the baby name Hawk in the U.S.?

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1982 5 0 5
    1987 12 0 12
    1988 8 0 8
    1989 6 0 6
    1990 6 0 6
    1991 8 0 8
    1992 8 0 8
    1993 9 0 9
    1994 11 0 11
    1995 14 0 14
    1996 15 0 15
    1997 16 0 16
    1998 9 0 9
    1999 9 0 9
    2000 10 0 10
    2001 12 0 12
    2002 13 0 13
    2003 14 0 14
    2004 9 0 9
    2005 16 0 16
    2006 13 0 13
    2007 9 0 9
    2008 15 0 15
    2009 18 0 18
    2010 27 0 27
    2011 29 0 29
    2012 33 0 33
    2013 34 0 34
    2014 40 0 40
    2015 56 0 56
    2016 52 0 52
    2017 87 0 87

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Hawk U.S.
      White 85.68% 64.26%
      African American 6.91% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.53% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 2.96% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.25% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 1.67% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Hawk

    People with the last name Hawk are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Hawk

    • How Popular is the name Hawk? Hawk is the 14,207th most popular name of all time. As a last name Hawk was the 2,149th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Hawk have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 623 babies born with the first name Hawk in the United States. That's more than enough people named Hawk to occupy the territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia) with an estimated population of 605 (as of June 30, 2010).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Hawk? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1982 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Hawk first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Hawk is Saturday, April 4th, 1885.
    • What year had the most people named Hawk born? The highest recorded use of the first name Hawk was in 2017 with a total of 87 babies.
    • Random Hawk Factoid: According to the 2017 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Hawk is not a popular baby boy's name in Ohio. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Ohio have the same name as you in 2017.
    • Weird things about the name Hawk: Your name in reverse order is Kwah. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Kwha. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Hawk? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 16,884 people with the last name Hawk.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Hawk? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 6 of them will have Hawk as their last name.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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