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

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Recent Examples on the Web The name Cecil the Lion, on the other hand, probably sounds like a foghorn. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "The Influencers: 19 People Who Have Changed the Outdoors (for Better and for Worse)," 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, "Review: Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe make a mad and mesmerizing duo in ‘The Lighthouse’," 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, "Whistleblowers walk among us. Now one has gotten in Trump’s head.," 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, "The Lighthouse Takes You to the Hellish Ends of the Earth," 18 Oct. 2019 For two minutes, the foghorn echoed across Pearl Harbor. Los Angeles Times, "Meet the neglected 43-year-old stepchild of the U.S. military-industrial complex," 2 Aug. 2019 The trailer begins with the dark scene of an ocean with a lighthouse shining and foghorn blaring to the distance. Lily Rosenberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson Grow Hostile in 'The Lighthouse' Trailer," 30 July 2019 When work needs to be done near their current enclosure, staff carry pepper spray and foghorns to ensure the cats do not acclimate to humans. NBC News, "Jaguar reintroduction plan in Argentina represents rare good news story for big cats," 21 July 2019 There's that homicidal frog/foreboding foghorn/evil tuba again. Meredith Bodgas, Woman's Day, "The 10 Stages of Being Awoken by Your Husband's Snoring," 29 July 2015

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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 14 Jul. 2020.

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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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