Meaning of “hawk” in the English Dictionary

"hawk" in American English

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hawknoun [ C ]

us /hɔk/

hawk noun [ C ] (BIRD)

a type of large bird that catches small birds and animals for food

hawkverb [ T ]

us /hɔk/

hawk verb [ T ] (SELL)

to sell goods in public places by calling out to people:

She was hawking flowers at the parking lot exit.

(Definition of “hawk” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"hawk" in Business English

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hawknoun [ C ]

uk /hɔːk/ us

ECONOMICS someone who believes that the government should take strong action in controlling the national budget, inflation, etc.:

The hawks on the committee are worried that 6 per cent growth could trigger inflation.

Stronger-than-expected growth figures and hawkish comments from the Bank of England fuelled speculation that interest rates could rise again.


uk /hɔːk/ us informal

to sell goods in the street or a public place:

Street vendors hawk tea, watches, T-shirts, chickens, and just about everything else.
Most major businesses hawk their wares on the Net.

disapproving to try to interest a person or company in a product, idea, etc.:

hawk sth around to sb/sth He has written a guide to finances which he plans to hawk around to all the major publishers.

(Definition of “hawk” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)