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[haw-kish] /ˈhɔ kɪʃ/
resembling a hawk, as in appearance or behavior.
advocating war or a belligerently threatening diplomatic policy.
Origin of hawkish
1835-45; hawk1 + -ish1
Related forms
hawkishly, adverb
hawkishness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hawkish
  • Luxury hotels are hawkish on giving guests memorable experiences these days.
  • But unlike many western countries, its policymakers are being hawkish.
  • The more hawkish countries want oil prices to remain as high as possible to fund their lavish budgets.
  • But evidently his hawkish instincts, for the moment, have got the better of him.
  • Perry has, of course, been hawkish about border security.
British Dictionary definitions for hawkish


favouring the use or display of force rather than diplomacy to achieve foreign policy goals
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Word Origin and History for hawkish

"hawk-like," by 1703, from hawk (n.) + -ish. Sense of "militaristic" is from 1965, from hawk in the transferred sense.

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Slang definitions & phrases for hawkish



Having the attitude of one who advocates strong action on national policy: These people are as hawkish as Lyndon Johnson (1965+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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