Meaning of howk in English:

howk

Pronunciation /haʊk/

verb

with object, and adverbial
  • 1mainly Scottish 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.’
    1. 1.1no 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.