from The Century Dictionary.

  • To dig; scoop; make hollow: as, to howk a hole.
  • To burrow.


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  • His companion took up a fragment of stone, examined it, shook his head, then proceeded to 'howk' out with his stick a stone of some size lying half-bedded in the earth at the bottom of the hole.

    Border Ghost Stories Howard Pease

  • But where she went to nobody must know, for fear young ladies should begin to fancy that there are water-babies there! and so hunt and howk after them (besides raising the price of lodgings), and keep them in aquariums, as the ladies at Pompeii (as you may see by the paintings) used to keep Cupids in cages.

    The Water Babies 2007

  • A gey few readers hae been content tae dook in the rare soond and jist be daein wi the bittockie o meanin that got through til them but the mair ye howk in McDiarmid, the better he gets. NEW MACDIARMID AND AN INTRODUCTION TAE METRICS. 2005

  • Tam got my contracts this week, an 'I have to gang back into a common place and howk coals.

    The Underworld The Story of Robert Sinclair, Miner James C. Welsh

  • With this he set to work to howk the turf away, and found it light to work, for it had been loosely shovelled in, and came away with ease.

    Border Ghost Stories Howard Pease

  • We are left uncertain whether the Cruel Mother did not also ‘howk’ a grave for her murdered babe with that implement.

    Ballads of Romance and Chivalry Popular Ballads of the Olden Times - First Series Frank Sidgwick

  • ‘But we’ll help him to his ain, kimmers, ’ cried others; ‘and before Glossin sall keep the Place of Ellangowan, we’ll howk him out o’t wi’ our nails!

    Chapter LV 1917

  • Nothing angers her mair than to hear me speak o 'planting trees for the benefit o' them that's to be farmers here after me; and as for ancestors, she would howk them up as quick as I could plant them.

    The Little Minister 1898

  • You can howk ony mortal thing out o 'the original Hebrew, the which all ministers hae at their finger ends.

    The Little Minister 1898

  • Did his enemies wish to see him howk out her grave with his own hands?

    The Scapegoat; a romance and a parable Hall Caine 1892


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