General English


  • verb to sell goods from door to door or in the street


  • A flat, thin piece of wood or metal approximately one foot square and having a short, perpendicular handle centered on its underside. A hawk is used by plasterers for holding plaster from the time it is taken from the mixer to the time it is troweled.


  • noun a person who believes in threatening or using armed force as a means of settling problems between countries.

Origin & History of “hawk”

English has three current words hawk. The oldest, denoting the bird of prey (OE), comes from a prehistoric west and north Germanic *khabukaz, which also produced German habicht, Dutch havik, Swedish hök, and Danish hög. Hawk ‘peddle’ (16th c.) is a back-formation from hawker. this was probably borrowed from Low German höker, a derivative ultimately of middle Low German hōken ‘peddle’, which may well have been formed from the same base as produced English huckster. Hawk ‘clear the throat’ (16th c.) probably originated as an imitation of the noise it denotes.