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  • v. To foul up; to be broken.
  • v. To steal.
  • v. To throw.
  • v. To snort from the sinuses. (Similar to hocking.)
  • v. To vomit.
  • v. To gobble.
  • v. To move; specifically in an egregious fashion


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • So 5: 30 in the morning and you are laying there listening to the animals and then hear this loud 'hork' - don't even know what you call it - well, anyway, there is no hope in hell that you are going to fall asleep after 5: 30am! TravelStream™ — Recent Entries at

  • Of course, "my carpet does not show cat hork" is not necessarily a strong advertizing point. (

    mrissa: "What makes a man turn neutral?"

  • We got to the big cats by early afternoon, and the Siberian tiger was making "sick cat" moans (or perhaps roars, but they really sounded a lot like what my cats do right before they hork up a hairball.)

    Day in the Life of an Idiot

  • The stark, gripping "Shadows of a Hot Summer" ("St í ny hork é ho l é ta," 1977), which has been compared to Sam Peckinpah's "Straw Dogs" (1971), follows a gentle Moravian farmer whose family is threatened when his farm is occupied by Ukrainian nationalists in the aftermath of World War II.

    Reality Czech

  • The stunned lemur is waiting on “mama” to hork up that damn tooth/hairball, after time traveling back to 1972 for that sofa.

    Regretsy – Tiger Wouldn’t

  • My dog would probably grab it, fling it around a few times and eat it, then hork it up casually, of course.

    Regretsy – Rugrat

  • Yep… nothing expresses the feelings of my heart more than a fat, contact wearing cougar about to hork up a fur ball in space.

    Regretsy – MY GOD IT’S FULL OF CRAP

  • I just had to buy a new twin mattress for a certain someone whom I live with who cannot seem to wake up enough to hork.

    Tricks are TrickyThings

  • Of course, if you've managed to hork up the system with malware, you wouldn't want to save your settings when you shutdown -- to be fair, you probably wouldn't even want to do a normal shutdown, just a power off/on cycle, which then restores your OS to a nice, fresh, non-horked-up state in a matter of about a minute.

    July 8th, 2008

  • The Republicans, along with the Senate majority leader, are suggesting that rather than being incarcerated in state of the art maximum security facilities -- facilities financed via the multi-billion dollar U.S. prison-industrial-complex mandated by lawmakers -- terrorists will simply be turned loose on American soil for some crazy reason, and will subsequently hork a nuclear missile and proceed to crash it into your house.

    Bob Cesca: Closing Guantanamo And Ousting Harry Reid


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  • I found you, and your lists, dontcry. But I didn't realize profiles were gone except for our wordie tracks - that was a shocking development.

    March 12, 2012

  • As we all know -- I'm not a person. I wanted to add a new word to one of my lists and I can't even get to my own page! I don't see a way to my own page -- with my own lists. Am I gone? That would be a shame as I made up an awesome word today and I wanted to share it with my wordies... *wah*

    *swings frantically on porch*

    *is in danger of falling on delicate hydrangeas*

    *SOMEbody will have to pay for that*

    *it's porch law*

    *my hands are tied*

    March 12, 2012

  • yarb - Agreed. As something of an expert on all things hork... *ahem* computer breakage is bork.

    *returns to porch swing to enjoy unusually balmy weather*

    February 2, 2012

  • Interesting, brian. What you say about hork, I would say defines bork.

    February 1, 2012

  • To Hork something, like a system or a machine, is to cause it to become non-functioning, when it was once working fine. But it has a slightly finer meaning than that. "He horked the computer" means that not only is the machine not working, but it is in this state precisely because the idiot thought he knew what he was doing when he messed with it. Hence the association with horking up a hairball. A horked system invokes the same replusion as a hairball, and also means that someone else now has to clean up the mess. (See PhD.)

    February 1, 2012

  • This came up in the examples section today:

    Of course, "my carpet does not show cat hork" is not necessarily a strong advertizing point. (

    — mrissa: 'What makes a man turn neutral?'

    May 15, 2011

  • See comment on hwæt.

    November 2, 2010

  • "somebody horked our clothes!" Strange Brew

    September 30, 2010

  • My daughter used it in an e-mail to me. She has a BA in English so I was a little surprised to find her using it. From the context of the e-mail she used hork in place of steal. "You know that book I horked."

    September 25, 2009

  • it means to barf, throw up, vomit. Often used to lighten the subject of vomiting.

    "my cat horked up a hairball the size of a rat"

    "hork" helps make that sentance funny!

    June 9, 2009

  • A hork sighting!

    There must be more, c_b.

    We must find them.

    All of them.

    October 22, 2008

  • I saw hork in print (well, online...) in this phrase:

    ...a fake conservative who raised taxes and horked up earmark millions every chance she got...

    Which, if you read it with the most commonly-used Wordie definition (hork up rather than hork down), sounds pretty weird. Until you realize you can also hork down. Which I almost forgot.

    (Seen in this Rolling Stone article.)

    October 22, 2008

  • *horks at dontcry*

    July 24, 2008

  • Also, like "aloha" and "ciao," hork means hello and goodbye! It's such a perfect word!

    July 24, 2008

  • Yes, it's onomatopoetic. "Hawk" is not.

    July 24, 2008

  • it sounds like "horking a loogie"

    July 24, 2008

  • How is this other than hawk misspelt?

    July 24, 2008

  • Or trichobezoar. 'Horking the trichobezoars again!'

    July 11, 2008

  • I'm totally going to hork down my pizza tonight. I just hope I don't hork it back up again...

    May 23, 2008

  • I've also heard this used to describe the same action in the opposite direction, as in "my cat just horked up another hairball".

    May 21, 2008

  • (slang) To gulp down hurriedly; to "snarf". (From WordCraft)

    May 21, 2008