hark vs hearken :

hark or hearken

One old use of the word “hark” was in hunting with hounds, meaning to turn the dogs back on their course, reverse direction. It was this use that gave rise to the expression “hark back.” It refers to returning in thought to an earlier time or returning to an earlier discussion: “That tie-died shirt harks back to the days we used to go to rock festivals together.”The expression is not “hearkens back.” Although “hark” and “hearken” can both mean “listen,” only “hark” can mean “go back.”

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Definitions

  • v  listen; used mostly in the imperative

  • v  listen; used mostly in the imperative
News & Articles


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    July 16, 2013 - Bleacher Report
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    July 16, 2013 - Charleston Daily Mail
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    July 16, 2013 - Bleacher Report