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From earlier holk, from Middle English holken, from holk (a hollow part, cavity), see holk. Cognate with Low German holken (to make hollow, hollow out).


howk (third-person singular present howks, present participle howkin, past howkit, past participle howkit)

  1. to dig
  2. to dig out, uproot
  3. to mine or quarry
  4. to dig into, investigate
  5. to root, burrow (pigs etc)