Adjective "harking" definition and examples

(Harking may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/hɑːk/

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Definitions and examples

verb

Listen.
  1. 'Nawasi, I speak to you of the future of your people, hark, child, listen.'
  2. 'But hark, I hear another mirthful chortle from the professor and I'm off into the undergrowth again in search of another tantalising discovery…'
  3. 'But hark… isn't that Carnatic music floating in the air?'
  4. 'We move on March 17th, into leafy Hampstead (ooh, hark at us!) and this utterly cavernous 1930s mansion flat with wooden floors, white walls, enormous windows, gigantic rooms and art deco kitsch tiling in the bathroom.'
  5. 'Make a roux (ooh, hark at me and my fancy cookery phrases) by melting the butter in a saucepan, heating it to bubbling point, then adding the flour and stirring until the mixture turns golden.'
  6. 'But hark at me, coming over all puritan after a ‘detox’ weekend away (never mind the fact we drank more than a normal night down the Horse).'

More definitions

1. to listen attentively; hearken. verb (used with object)

2. Archaic. to listen to; hear. noun

3. a hunter's shout to hounds, as to encourage them in following the scent. Verb phrases

4. hark back, (of hounds) to return along the course in order to regain a lost scent. to return to a previous subject or point; revert: He kept harking back to his early days in vaudeville.

More examples(as adjective)

"backs can be harking."

Origin

(hark)Middle English: of Germanic origin; related to German horchen, also to hearken.

Phrase

hark back to