- 1[transitive] hawk something to try to sell things by going from place to place asking people to buy them synonym peddle He made a living hawking cleaning products from door to door.
- 2[intransitive, transitive] hawk (something) to get phlegm in your mouth when you cough Word Originverb sense 1 late 15th cent.: probably a back-formation from hawker. verb sense 2 late 16th cent.: probably imitative.
BrE BrE//hɔːk//; NAmE NAmE//hɔːk//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hawk
BrE BrE//hɔːk//; NAmE NAmE//hɔːk//he / she / it hawks
BrE BrE//hɔːks//; NAmE NAmE//hɔːks//past simple hawked
BrE BrE//hɔːkt//; NAmE NAmE//hɔːkt//past participle hawked
BrE BrE//hɔːkt//; NAmE NAmE//hɔːkt//-ing form hawking
BrE BrE//ˈhɔːkɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɔːkɪŋ//