Dictionary: HAV'ER – HAWK'WEED

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HAV'ER, n.

One who has or possesses; a possessor; a holder. [Little used.] Shak.

HAV'ER, n. [G. hafer; D. haver; perhaps L. avena.]

Oats; a word of local use in the north of England; as, haverbread, oaten bread.] Johnson.

HAV'ER-SACK, n. [Fr. havre-sac.]

A soldier's knapsack.


  1. Possession; goods; estate. Shak.
  2. The act or state of possessing. Sidney.

HAV'ING, ppr. [from have.]

Possessing; holding in power or possession; containing; gaining; receiving; taking.

HAV'OC, n. [W. havog, a spreading about, waste, devastation; havogi, to commit waste, to devastate; supposed to be from hav, a spreading. But qu. Ir. arvach, havoc.]

Waste; devastation; wide and general destruction. Ye gods! What havoc does ambition make / Among your works. Addison. As for Saul, he made havoc of the church. Acts viii.

HAV'OC, v.t.

To waste; to destroy; to lay waste. To waste and havoc yonder world. Milton.

HAW, n. [Sax. hæg, hag, G. heck, D. haag, heg, Dan. hek, hekke, a hedge.]

  1. The berry and seed of the hawthorn, that is, hedge-thorn. Bacon.
  2. [Sax. haga.] A small piece of ground adjoining a house; a small field; properly, an inclosed piece of land, from hedge, like garden, which also signifies an inclosure. [Dan. hauge, a garden.]
  3. In farriery, an excrescence resembling a gristle, growing under the nether eyelid and eye of a horse. Encyc.
  4. A dale. [Obs.] Chaucer.

HAW, v.i. [corrupted from hawk, or hack.]

To stop in speaking with a haw, or to speak with interruption and hesitation; as, to hem and haw. L'Estrange.


A bird, a species of Loxia.

HAW'HAW, n. [duplication of haw, a hedge.]

A fence or bank that interrupts an alley or walk, sunk between slopes and not perceived till approached. Chalmers.

HAW'ING, ppr.

Speaking with a haw, or with hesitation.

HAWK, n. [Sax. hafoc; D. havik; G. habicht; Sw. hök; Dan. hög, höög; W. hebog, named from heb, utterance.]

A genus of fowls, the Falco, of many species, having a crooked beak, furnished with a cere at the base, a cloven tongue, and the head thick set with feathers. Most of the species are rapacious, feeding on birds or other small animals. Hawks were formerly trained for sport or catching small birds.

HAWK, n.

An effort to force up phlegm from the throat, accompanied with noise.

HAWK, v.i.

  1. To catch or attempt to catch birds by means of hawks trained for the purpose, and let loose on the prey; to practice falconry. He that hawks at larks and sparrows. Locke. A falc'ner Henry is, when Emma hawks. Prior.
  2. To fly at; to attack on the wing; with at. To hawk at flies. Dryden.

HAWK, v.i. [W. hoçi; Scot. hawgh. Qu. Chal. כיח, and keck and cough. See Class Gk, No. 5, 29, 36.]

To make an effort to force up phlegm with noise; as, to hawk and spit. Shak. Harvey. To hawk up, transitively; as, to hawk up phlegm.

HAWK, v.t. [Qu. G. hocken, to take on the back; höcken, to higgle; höcker, a huckster; or the root of L. auctio, auction, a sale by outcry. The root of the latter probably signified to cry out.]

To cry; to offer for sale by outcry in the street, or to sell by outcry; as, to hawk goods or pamphlets.

HAWK'ED, pp.

  1. Offered for sale by outcry in the street.
  2. adj. Crooked; curving like a hawk's bill.


  1. One who offers goods for sale by outcry in the street; a pedlar. Swift.
  2. A falconer. [Sax. hafcere.]


Having acute sight; discerning.


Having a head like that of a hawk. Dr. Warren.


The exercise of taking wild fowls by means of hawks.

HAWK'ING, ppr.

  1. Catching wild birds by hawks.
  2. Making an effort to discharge phlegm.
  3. Offering for sale in the street by outcry.


Having an aquiline nose. Farrand.


The vulgar name of several species of plants, of the genera Hieracium, Crepis, Hyoseris, and Andryala.