One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who travels about selling goods, typically advertising them by shouting.‘hawkers and costermongers pushed their little handcarts, crying ‘Bread!’, ‘Fish!’ and ‘Meat pies!’’
trader, seller, dealer, purveyor, vendor, tout, barrow boy, door-to-door salesman, travelling salesman, pedlarView synonyms
- ‘The law forbids it, but these street hawkers slaughter animals and sell the meat to the poor.’
- ‘One day soon hawkers will be selling miniature plastic replicas outside.’
- ‘Gradually market traders and hawkers moved in until eventually the tunnel became a seedy backwater.’
- ‘The Municipality is not happy with hawkers who sell on street corners in the industrial area.’
- ‘City authorities will plan to wipe out the sight of beggars and hawkers selling flowers or newspapers at intersections.’
- ‘The city of Johannesburg is developing a programme to assist hawkers who sell food on the streets of the city.’
- ‘To meet the family's financial needs, his 19 year-old son quit school and now works as a hawker selling vegetables.’
- ‘The hawkers sell all and sundry: from handkerchiefs to electronic goods.’
- ‘Mehmood, their father, is a hawker selling odd food items.’
- ‘Hawkers came to sell their wares in small row boats near the cruise boats.’
- ‘Tickets were sold in advance for $45, but street hawkers were selling them for about $200.’
- ‘Nearly 25 per cent of the collected waste was sold to hawkers.’
- ‘At night, it turns into a massive open air cafe area, with dozens of food hawkers selling a variety of food, from the traditional to the modern.’
- ‘Shopfronts and stalls were open, with hawkers shouting and displaying their wares for the crowds.’
- ‘Street corners are dotted with hawkers selling their pies hot from portable ovens.’
- ‘At the resorts, hawkers sell designer replicas and reproductions to a ready eastern European market, as well as the growing number of Germans and British visitors.’
- ‘A wide range of commodities ranging from fruits to light bulbs are sold by enterprising hawkers.’
- ‘At the entrances to subway stations, hawkers who used to sell city maps have shifted their focus to the rain business.’
- ‘The crowd swelled as the day progressed, to the great pleasure of hawkers selling eatables and tea.’
- ‘On the way out of the chamber afterwards several different party journals were being sold by hawkers.’
Early 16th century: probably from Low German or Dutch and related to huckster.
2A slender-bodied dragonfly that remains airborne for long periods, typically patrolling a particular stretch of water.
Aeshnidae, Gomphidae, and other families, order Odonata: several genera
- ‘The hawkers, or dragon nymphs, are longer and thinner and they patrol up and down looking out for prey on which to swoop.’
Old English hafocere, from hafoc ‘hawk’.
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