Pronunciation: (hôk),[key] —n. 1. 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.
2. any of several similar, unrelated birds, as the nighthawk.
3. Informal.a person who preys on others, as a sharper.
4. Also called war hawk.Informal.a person, esp. one in public office, who advocates war or a belligerent national attitude. Cf. dove (def. 5).
5. any person who pursues an aggressive policy in business, government, etc.: The corporation is now run by a bunch of young hawks.
—v.i. 1. to fly, or hunt on the wing, like a hawk.
2. to hunt with hawks.
Pronunciation: (hôk),[key] —v.t. 1. to peddle or offer for sale by calling aloud in public.
2. to advertise or offer for sale: to hawk soap on television. 3. to spread (rumors, news, etc.).
—v.i. to carry wares about for sale; peddle.
Pronunciation: (hôk),[key] —v.i. to make an effort to raise phlegm from the throat; clear the throat noisily.
—v.t. to raise by hawking: to hawk phlegm up.
—n. a noisy effort to clear the throat.
Pronunciation: (hôk),[key] —n. a small, square board with a handle underneath it, used by plasterers and masons to hold plaster or mortar being applied.
Pronunciation: (hôk),[key] —n.Mil. a medium-range, mobile U.S. surface-to-air missile system.