H. w. hawks


Howard (Winchester) 1896–1977, U.S. film director.
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Hawks (hɔːks)
Howard (Winchester). 1896--1977, US film director. His films include Sergeant York (1941) and The Big Sleep (1946)

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Word Origin & History

O.E. hafoc (W. Saxon), from P.Gmc. *khabukaz (cf. O.N. haukr, M.Du. havik, Ger. Habicht "hawk"), from a root meaning "to seize," fro PIE *gabh- (cf. Rus. kobec "a kind of falcon"). Hawkish "militaristic" first attested 1965; hawk in this sense is attested from 1962.

1542 (hawker is attested from 1510), from M.L.G. höken "to peddle, carry on the back, squat," from P.Gmc. *khuk-. Despite the etymological connection with stooping under a burden on one's back, a hawker is technically distinguished from a peddler by use of a horse and cart or a van.
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Slang Dictionary

hawk definition

  1. n.
    someone who supports a warlike U.S. defense policy. (Compare this with dove.) : The hawks want to raise taxes and buy tanks.
  2. in.
    to cough mightily; to cough something up. : The cold has had me hawking for a week.
  3. n.
    the hawk the cold winter wind. (Originally black. Always with the in this sense. See also Mr. Hawkins.) : Man, just feel the hawk cut through you!
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