Definition of howk in English:

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Pronunciation: /haʊk/


[with object, and adverbial] chiefly Scottish
1Dig out or up: deep in their trenches the men stood, howking out the brown earth
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  • Sorry can't comment at the moment I'm too busy trying to howk an amazingly stubborn bogey from my scrunched up beak.
  • Trump still wants to howk up Balmeadie?
1.1 [no object, with adverbial] Search about by digging or rummaging: Frankie howked among the beer cans
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  • ‘Treat this book like a treasure map that tells ye whaur tae howk’, states the introduction.


Late Middle English holk: related to Middle Low German holken 'to hollow', and hole.

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