A hawk is a relatively large bird that hunts small animals. Hawks tend to surprise their prey, swooping down on it from above.

Among birds of prey, hawks are medium-sized, with long tails and curved wings. Hawks use their high intelligence and sharp eyes for hunting smaller birds and mammals. You can also use the word hawk to mean a pro-war politician or political advisor, a term that's often contrasted with "dove," someone who almost always opposes war. This metaphorical hawk has been around since the 1960s.

Primary Meanings of hawk

diurnal bird of prey typically having short rounded wings and a long tail
hunt with hawks
a square board with a handle underneath; used by masons to hold or carry mortar
sell or offer for sale from place to place
clear mucus or food from one's throat
Full Definitions of hawk

n diurnal bird of prey typically having short rounded wings and a long tail

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an unfledged or nestling hawk
tercel, tercelet, tiercel
male hawk especially male peregrine or gyrfalcon
Accipiter gentilis, goshawk
large hawk of Eurasia and North America used in falconry
Accipiter nisus, sparrow hawk
small hawk of Eurasia and northern Africa
Accipiter cooperii, Cooper's hawk, blue darter
bluish-grey North American hawk having a darting flight
chicken hawk, hen hawk
nontechnical term for any hawks said to prey on poultry
any hawk of the genus Buteo
Buteo jamaicensis, red-tailed hawk, redtail
dark brown American hawk species having a reddish-brown tail
Buteo lagopus, rough-legged hawk, roughleg
large hawk of the northern hemisphere that feeds chiefly on small rodents and is beneficial to farmers
Buteo lineatus, red-shouldered hawk
North American hawk with reddish brown shoulders
Buteo buteo, buzzard
the common European short-winged hawk
Pernis apivorus, honey buzzard
Old World hawk that feeds on bee larvae and small rodents and reptiles
any of several small graceful hawks of the family Accipitridae having long pointed wings and feeding on insects and small animals
hawks that hunt over meadows and marshes and prey on small terrestrial animals
harrier eagle, short-toed eagle
any of numerous large Old World hawks intermediate in some respects between typical hawks and typical eagles
diurnal birds of prey having long pointed powerful wings adapted for swift flight
Pandion haliaetus, fish eagle, fish hawk, osprey, sea eagle
large harmless hawk found worldwide that feeds on fish and builds a bulky nest often occupied for years
Milvus migrans, black kite
dark Old World kite feeding chiefly on carrion
Elanoides forficatus, swallow-tailed hawk, swallow-tailed kite
graceful North American black-and-white kite
Elanus leucurus, white-tailed kite
grey-and-white American kite of warm and tropical regions
Circus Aeruginosus, marsh harrier
Old World harrier frequenting marshy regions
Circus pygargus, Montagu's harrier
brownish European harrier
Circus cyaneus, hen harrier, marsh hawk, northern harrier
common harrier of North America and Europe; nests in marshes and open land
Falco peregrinus, peregrine, peregrine falcon
a widely distributed falcon formerly used in falconry
Falco rusticolus, gerfalcon, gyrfalcon
large and rare Arctic falcon having white and dark color phases
Falco tinnunculus, kestrel
small Old World falcon that hovers in the air against a wind
American kestrel, Falco sparverius, kestrel, sparrow hawk
small North American falcon
Falco columbarius, merlin, pigeon hawk
small falcon of Europe and America having dark plumage with black-barred tail; used in falconry
Falco subbuteo, hobby
small Old World falcon formerly trained and flown at small birds
any of various long-legged carrion-eating hawks of South America and Central America
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bird of prey, raptor, raptorial bird
any of numerous carnivorous birds that hunt and kill other animals

n an advocate of an aggressive policy on foreign relations

war hawk
dove, peacenik
someone who prefers negotiations to armed conflict in the conduct of foreign relations
Type of:
militarist, warmonger
a person who advocates war or warlike policies

v hunt with hawks

“the tribes like to hawk in the desert”
Type of:
hunt, hunt down, run, track down
pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals)

n a square board with a handle underneath; used by masons to hold or carry mortar

Type of:
a flat piece of material designed for a special purpose

v sell or offer for sale from place to place

huckster, monger, peddle, pitch, vend
Type of:
deal, sell, trade
do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood

v clear mucus or food from one's throat

clear the throat
Type of:
exhale abruptly, as when one has a chest cold or congestion

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