fog·​horn | \ ˈfȯg-ˌhȯrn How to pronounce foghorn (audio) , ˈfäg- \

Definition of foghorn

1 : a horn (as on a ship) sounded in a fog to give warning
2 : a loud hoarse voice

Examples of foghorn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If the property changes hands, the Coast Guard would still need access to maintain the foghorn and flashing red light. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, 2 June 2021 Like the irritated neighbors of the Hollywood sign, RPV’s prosperous insomniacs grumbled about the pulsing nightlong twirl of light, and so the inland side of the lamp was painted opaque white, and the foghorn was silenced early in this century. Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2021 The sound of a foghorn is heard echoing in the background. Eliza Huber,, 24 Sep. 2020 The name Cecil the Lion, on the other hand, probably sounds like a foghorn. The Editors, Outdoor Life, 20 Nov. 2017 His performance plays like a series of mental ruptures, each with its own trigger: an ill-mannered seagull, brutal lashings of rain and wind, persistent foghorn blasts that merge inextricably with Mark Korven’s mighty score. Los Angeles Times, 16 Oct. 2019 And now comes an archangel, or a whistle blowing with the force of a foghorn: a seven-page complaint that’s shaken the presidency in a way that 448 pages of the Mueller report could not. Dan Zak, Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2019 Through almost every moment of The Lighthouse, there’s a howling noise in the background, a foghorn that grimly warns passing ships of danger ahead. David Sims, The Atlantic, 18 Oct. 2019 For two minutes, the foghorn echoed across Pearl Harbor. Los Angeles Times, 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of foghorn

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Foghorn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of foghorn

: a horn on a boat, ship, etc., that makes a loud, deep sound and is used in foggy weather to warn nearby ships


fog·​horn | \ ˈfȯg-ˌhȯrn How to pronounce foghorn (audio) , ˈfäg- \

Kids Definition of foghorn

: a loud horn sounded in foggy weather to give warning

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