Definition of hawkish in English:



  • 1Resembling a hawk in nature or appearance.

    ‘his hawkish nose’
    • ‘For his grand home-coming, the characteristic hawkish frown and razor sharp intellect were cast aside to reveal the softer side of the man who brought history to the masses.’
    • ‘His nose was hawkish but it suited him, as did the high cheekbones and cynical quirk of his mouth.’
    • ‘His hawkish features narrowed as they studied me.’
    • ‘They have hawkish noses, receding chins and luxuriant mullets that fall to their jeans.’
    • ‘Beatrice's father was a wiry, elderly-looking gentleman with a frizzy gray goatee and a bent, hawkish nose.’
    • ‘Yet above that hawkish nose, his eyes still held that knowing look.’
    • ‘He leaned forward, his sharp, hawkish nose looking almost absurdly dangerous.’
    • ‘It's an unglamorous performance and the director makes full use of her hard, hawkish features.’
    • ‘A hawkish nose stretched out from his face and golden-silver hair fell around his shoulders.’
    • ‘I really did want to learn the instrument and I was scared to death that the tall, slender woman with the hawkish features wouldn't like me and would call the whole thing off.’
    • ‘Tall and slim, his neatly-parted silver hair and rimless spectacles sit atop a hawkish nose and ice-blue eyes that are almost a caricature of the Prussian officer.’
    • ‘He had a hawkish nose, a feature that marred his otherwise handsome face.’
  • 2Advocating an aggressive or warlike policy, especially in foreign affairs.

    ‘the administration's hawkish stance’
    • ‘What I find illuminating - and, frankly, horrifying - is that there are people for whom he is not hawkish enough.’
    • ‘Though hawkish himself, he is regarded as pragmatic in his approach.’
    • ‘When that man was in charge of monetary policy, he was known as the most hawkish Reserve Bank governor in the entire developed world.’
    • ‘Even the more hawkish leaders have had peace as their priority, often making the boldest concessions.’
    • ‘In a hawkish, emotional speech to the Romanian parliament, Tony Blair said Milosevic was the real target of the war.’
    • ‘The new cabinet has something of a hawkish feel to it.’
    • ‘NATO ally Turkey has shown no sympathy for the hawkish stance taken by London and Washington.’
    • ‘Some began a move to the right, to an even harder and more hawkish anticommunism.’
    • ‘His remarks impute to Jewishness itself a hawkish pro-Israeli bias.’
    • ‘After the cold war, leaders who had been brought up on a diet of protest and peace marches became the most hawkish political generation yet.’
    • ‘He became known for his hawkish views against the Soviet Union.’
    • ‘He needs support within the army, and many senior generals are hawkish.’
    • ‘I'm probably the most hawkish person I know on the subject.’
    • ‘He's the man who helped persuade hawkish editors at influential Newsweek magazine to oppose the Vietnam War.’
    • ‘A few months ago his views were all the rage in hawkish circles.’
    • ‘Such statements come from hawkish traditionalists peeved that they didn't get the all-out war they wanted.’
    • ‘The South is more hawkish on foreign policy, according to the data, while the East and West Coast states are the most dovish.’
    • ‘If anything, the Democrats have the more hawkish record on foreign policy.’
    • ‘Even in hawkish circles, the closer war has come, the less enthusiasm there seems to be for it.’
    aggressive, belligerent, warmongering, warring, bellicose, pugnacious, combative, bloodthirsty, hawkish, gung-ho, jingoistic, sabre-rattling
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