hawk verb to go specifically from door-to-door selling small articles, needles, ribbons and general haberdashery, this activity was mainly undertaken by women and children: ...before hawking the village houses, he sat down at the roadside for a crack [chat]. 20¸ 21- historical. etymology: a development from English hawk to carry about from place to place and offer for sale’; attested by SR, BS in TDITA, JS and BW note:

This seems to general to all the travelling peoples.