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nighthawk

[nahyt-hawk] /ˈnaɪtˌhɔk/
noun
1.
any of several longwinged, American goatsuckers of the genus Chordeiles, related to the whippoorwill, especially C. minor, having variegated black, white, and buff plumage.
2.
the European goatsucker or nightjar, Caprimulgus europaeus.
3.
Informal. a person who is habitually up or moving about late at night; night owl.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; night + hawk1
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British Dictionary definitions for nighthawk

nighthawk

/ˈnaɪtˌhɔːk/
noun
1.
Also called bullbat, mosquito hawk. any American nightjar of the genus Chordeiles and related genera, having a dark plumage and, in the male, white patches on the wings and tail
2.
(informal) another name for night owl
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Slang definitions & phrases for nighthawk

nightowl

noun

night person (first form 1846+, second 1868+)


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