hawk: Meaning and Definition of
- 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 nighthawk.
- a person who preys on others, as a sharper.
- Also calleda person, esp. one in public office, who advocates war or a belligerent national attitude. Cf. dove (def. 5).
- any person who pursues an aggressive policy in business, government, etc.: The corporation is now run by a bunch of young hawks.
- to fly, or hunt on the wing, like a hawk.
- to hunt with hawks.
- to peddle or offer for sale by calling aloud in public.
- to advertise or offer for sale: to hawk soap on television.
- to spread (rumors, news, etc.).
- to carry wares about for sale; peddle.
- to make an effort to raise phlegm from the throat; clear the throat noisily.
- to raise by hawking: to hawk phlegm up.
- a noisy effort to clear the throat.
- a small, square board with a handle underneath it, used by plasterers and masons to hold plaster or mortar being applied.
— n. Mil.
- a medium-range, mobile U.S. surface-to-air missile system.
- hawk (Thesaurus)