foghorn

noun
fog·​horn | \ˈfȯg-ˌhȯrn, 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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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 Best of all, this spit of land hidden at the Marin-side foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, has the loveliest view of San Francisco—although the earplugs stashed in every room suggest that foghorns could be an issue. Condé Nast Traveler, "Cavallo Point," 20 Oct. 2017 Outside, a ship’s foghorn sounds in the distance and from the café across the street, a referee’s whistle punctuates the morning air as patrons sip coffee and watch a recap of a recent Olympic soccer match. Ryan Schuessler, Smithsonian, "Why Sand Covers the Floor of One of the Western Hemisphere’s Oldest Synagogues," 15 June 2017 Yet in 1992, new general manager Brian Burke replaced the song with a foghorn after the Whalers scored. Paul Doyle, courant.com, "Ode To Joy: 'Brass Bonanza' Unites And Excites Whalers Fans, And Is Back In Spotlight," 11 July 2017 Outside, a ship’s foghorn sounds in the distance and from the café across the street, a referee’s whistle punctuates the morning air as patrons sip coffee and watch a recap of a recent Olympic soccer match. Ryan Schuessler, Smithsonian, "Why Sand Covers the Floor of One of the Western Hemisphere’s Oldest Synagogues," 15 June 2017 The ship sank shortly after hearing a foghorn nearby and then colliding with the SS Governor, a civilian steamship. Washington Post, "Coast Guard ship will linger in century-old watery grave," 13 June 2017 Even with new owners, the lighthouse's lamp and foghorn must remain working and the U.S. Coast Guard must be allowed to perform maintenance. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "Lighthouse Sold To Local Group," 6 June 2017 There seems to be a wink at that at the outset: The first song opens with something like a quivering foghorn, suggesting a distance that can’t quite be overcome. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Review: With ‘22, a Million,’ Bon Iver Beats a Retreat to Even Quieter Reinvention," 28 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of foghorn

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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foghorn

noun

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

foghorn

noun
fog·​horn | \ˈfȯg-ˌhȯrn, ˈfäg-\

Kids Definition of foghorn

: a loud horn sounded in foggy weather to give warning

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