Definition of howk in English:

howk

verb

[WITH OBJECT]Scottish
  • 1 Dig out or up.

    ‘deep in their trenches the men stood, howking out the brown earth’
    • ‘Sorry can't comment at the moment I'm too busy trying to howk an amazingly stubborn bogey from my scrunched up beak.’
    • ‘Trump still wants to howk up Balmeadie?’
    1. 1.1[no object, with adverbial]Search about by digging or rummaging.
      ‘Frankie howked among the beer cans’
      • ‘‘Treat this book like a treasure map that tells ye whaur tae howk’, states the introduction.’

Origin

Late Middle English holk: related to Middle Low German holken to hollow, and hole.

Pronunciation:

howk

/haʊk/