Definition of hawk verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    hawk

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 2[intransitive, transitive] hawk (something) to get phlegm in your mouth when you cough
  3. Word Originverb sense 1 late 15th cent.: probably a back-formation from hawker. verb sense 2 late 16th cent.: probably imitative.
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