Definition of hawkshaw in English:

hawkshaw

noun

informal, dated
  • A detective.

Origin

Early 20th century: from the name of a detective in the play The Ticket-of-Leave Man by Tom Taylor (1817–80), English dramatist; also portrayed in the comic strip Hawkshaw the Detective by Augustus Charles (‘Gus’) Mager (1878–1956), American cartoonist.

Pronunciation:

hawkshaw

/ˈhɔːkʃɔː/