Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Hark \Hark\ (h[aum]rk), v. i. [OE. herken. See Hearken.]
To listen; to hearken. [Now rare, except in the imperative
form used as an interjection, Hark! listen.]
Hark away! Hark back! Hark forward! (Sporting), cries used to incite and guide hounds in hunting.
To hark back, to go back for a fresh start, as when one has wandered from his direct course, or made a digression.
He must have overshot the mark, and must hark back.
He harked back to the subject.
--W. E. Norris.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
late 12c., from Old English *heorcian, perhaps an intensive form from base of hieran (see hear). Compare talk/tale. Cognate with Old Frisian harkia "listen," Middle Dutch horken, Old High German horechon, German horchen. To hark back (1829) originally referred to hounds returning along a track when the scent has been lost, till they find it again. Related: Harked; harking.
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vb. To listen attentively; often used in the imperative.
Usage examples of "hark".
To either side of the city, vast stretches of the tall musical reeds, the Anche, that gave the major country of Aulos its name, tossed in the afternoon wind, but their song and the high-pitched cree of a wheeling flock of blue-backed harks was lost in the distance and the hubbub of the crowd.
Softly says zorgs in their own way hark back to the nineteenth-century redefinition of the ancient and semimystical idea of whole numbers forming the basis of all mathematics.
Draw your swords, my merry men all, and hark forward tallyho in the utmost silence.
If you will hark your mind back to that Edwards boy, that bucktoothed one that joined the Army - what was his name?
The meaning of the name Galileo, or Galilei, harks back to the land of Galilee, although, as Galileo explained on this score, he was not at all a Jew.
Jims Harking reflected, there was a lot of distance and atmosphere to look through.
An old knife Harking had thought long gone twisted itself gently into his gut.
Isis was pretty much as Harking expected: mid-thirties, dark blonde, still petite but with a figure that time and gravity were starting to pull at.
Hark ye, lad--fleet interlacings of the limbs-- lithe swayings--coyings--flutterings!
And, now that I am clothed as thou wert clothed, it seemeth I should be able the more nearly to feel as thou didst when the brute soldier- Hark ye, is not this a bruise upon your hand?
Harking said, pulling his drink off the conveyer as it passed and taking a long swallow.
They were to be seen at many places in the Old Empire: eating establishments harking back to ancient times, eschewing automata from kitchen to table.
We'd gotten to the Herveaux building by then, and Alcide harked his truck by my old car.
When Birgitte went to the door and called in Hansard, giving him instructions to take Hark away and keep him safe from prying eyes, Hark staggered and would have fallen if the husky Guardsman had not held him up on the way out of the room.
If any of these writers had been told that the writers immediately subsequent to them would hark back to the English poets of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, to the French poets of the mid-nineteenth century and to the philosophers of the Middle Ages, they would have thought it a kind of dilettantism.