Meaning of nighthawk in English:


Pronunciation /ˈnʌɪthɔːk/

Translate nighthawk into Spanish


  • 1An American nightjar with sharply pointed wings.

    Family Caprimulgidae: four genera and several species, in particular the common nighthawk (Chordeiles minor) of North America

    ‘Although this is desert, there is an incredible diversity of bird life along the river and in other areas of the park - mourning doves, American kestrel falcons, nighthawks and brown thrashers are just a few of the birds that call it home.’
    • ‘Some species with large mouths and small bills, such as nighthawks, whip-poor wills, and the aptly named frogmouth owls, open their bills wide as they fly into insects, and the prey is captured in the birds’ gaping maws.’
    • ‘Swallows, swifts and nighthawks, all pursuing flying insects, fly erratically.’
    • ‘It is smaller than a nighthawk, with a shorter tail.’
    • ‘The nighthawk belongs to the Family Caprimulgidae, a group of nocturnal and crepuscular birds also known as the nightjars.’
  • 2informal A person who is habitually active or wakeful at night.

    another term for night owl

    • ‘The nighthawks sit alone, lost in their individual thoughts, as if in a glass bowl.’
    • ‘His people were never the iconic nighthawks Edward Hopper found at the diner.’
    • ‘He has a job, a home, he can come and go; he can look at the customers with a half-smile. It is the customers who are the nighthawks.’
    • ‘Suitably soporific, it's one for sophisticated nighthawks only.’
    • ‘The first kicks off at 8: 30 while for the nighthawks, a second session will begin at 11: 30.’
    • ‘Few people were out since it was so late, though it was hard to avoid the nighthawks.’
    • ‘Aping the seventies, this bar is for lounging and proves very popular among the more sophisticated of nighthawks prior to later excesses of the night.’
    • ‘I'm a real nighthawk and I love chatting to listeners about what's on their minds.’