Definition of nighthawk in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnīthôk/


1An American nightjar with sharply pointed wings.
  • Family Caprimulgidae: four genera and several species, in particular the common nighthawk (Chordeiles minor).
Example sentences
  • Although this is desert, there is an incredible diversity of bird life along the river and in other areas of the park - mourning doves, American kestrel falcons, nighthawks and brown thrashers are just a few of the birds that call it home.
  • Some species with large mouths and small bills, such as nighthawks, whip-poor wills, and the aptly named frogmouth owls, open their bills wide as they fly into insects, and the prey is captured in the birds’ gaping maws.
  • Swallows, swifts and nighthawks, all pursuing flying insects, fly erratically.
2North American another term for night owl.
Example sentences
  • The nighthawks sit alone, lost in their individual thoughts, as if in a glass bowl.
  • His people were never the iconic nighthawks Edward Hopper found at the diner.
  • He has a job, a home, he can come and go; he can look at the customers with a half-smile. It is the customers who are the nighthawks.

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Syllabification: night·hawk

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