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Borrowed from Biblical Hebrew חֲבַקּוּק(ḥăḇaqqūq). The name perhaps comes from חָבַק(ḥāḇaq, embrace), or perhaps from Akkadian 𒄩𒄠𒁀𒄣𒄣 (ḫambaqūqu [ḫa-am-ba-qu-qu], garden herb).


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /həˈbæk.ək/, /ˈhæb.ə.kək/
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Proper noun[edit]


  1. A prophetic book in the Old Testament of the Bible, one of the minor prophets; or the eighth part of the Tere Asar in the Jewish Tanakh.
    • 1988, Robert D. Haak, ""Poetry" in Habakkuk 1:1–2:4?". Journal of the American Oriental Society 108 (3): 437–444.
      The present study concentrates on the various types of parallelism which may be observed within the prophetic text Habakkuk 1:1–2:4.
  2. A Jewish prophet of the Old Testament; author of the book that bears his name.
    • 1906, S. R. Driver, The Minor Prophets: Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, page 49. The Century Bible.
      Of Habakkuk's personal life nothing is known with certainty, though it has been inferred, from the fact that he is termed specifically 'the prophet,' that he held a recognized position as prophet [] , and belonged, consequently, to the tribe of Levi.
  3. (rare) A male given name from Hebrew of biblical origin.
    • 2009, Jeff Suzuki, Mathematics in Historical Context, page 315:
      It would be Bowditch's last voyage. He had been lucky: a younger brother William died on a voyage to Trinidad in 1799, and an older brother Habakkuk drowned in Boston Harbor in 1800.