honk

verb
\ ˈhäŋk How to pronounce honk (audio) , ˈhȯŋk\
honked; honking; honks

Definition of honk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to make the characteristic cry of a goose
2 : to make a sound resembling the cry of a goose

transitive verb

: to cause to honk honk a horn

honk

noun

Definition of honk (Entry 2 of 2)

: the characteristic cry of a goose also : a similar sound

Examples of honk in a Sentence

Verb

We could hear the geese honking overhead. I honked at the car in front of me.

Noun

the honk of a horn
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Well into the night, cars honked and people danced and sang in a spectacle of free expression that would have been impossible during his years in power and reflected hopes for a better future. Farai Mutsaka And Christopher Torchia, sun-sentinel.com, "Robert Mugabe, longtime Zimbabwe leader, dies at 95," 6 Sep. 2019 By 2010, when Landon Donovan scored a last second goal to beat Algeria and send the U.S. team to the round of 16, packed American barrooms erupted and horns honked in the streets. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "World Cup with no U.S. is a metaphor for what's wrong in America right now | Will Bunch," 12 June 2018 The Chinese electric car startup unveiled the $45,000 production version of the baby SUV at the Frankfurt Motor Show on Tuesday, and the curved screen, which runs nearly the width of the dash, is honking huge. Wired, "Forget Driving. You’ll Wish You Could Watch TV in This Car," 10 Sep. 2019 As night fell, protesters gathered at metro station exits across Hong Kong, then fanned out along the streets as passing trams honked in support and passersby chanted along. Adam Rasmi, Quartz, "Thirty years on, Hong Kong is emulating a human chain that broke Soviet rule," 23 Aug. 2019 Nearby cars honked in support as demonstrators marched down California and North avenues. Jessica Villagomez, chicagotribune.com, "Chicagoans protest alleged corruption in Puerto Rico and island governor’s insulting messages," 21 July 2019 Annette King holds a sign on the side of Zionsville Road, as drivers honk and yell from their cars during Lights for Liberty Vigil to end human detention camps, Friday, July 12, 2019, at 5652 W. 73rd St., Indianapolis. Casey Smith, Indianapolis Star, "'Close the camps': Lights for Liberty vigil protests treatment of migrants at the border," 13 July 2019 News of the deal, which one analyst said followed regional and international pressure on both sides, touched off street celebrations in the capital of Khartoum with hundreds dancing and waving Sudan’s flag as drivers honked their horns. Noha Elhennawy, BostonGlobe.com, "Both sides in Sudan political crisis praise power-sharing deal," 5 July 2019 Traffic cops rush into the intersection to stop the flow of cars, while drivers honk angrily, their evening commute delayed. Martha Pskowski, The Verge, "Deaths and injuries don’t slow Uber Eats’ rapid expansion in Mexico," 3 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Hot Cars Act of 2019 would require a monitoring system in all cars under 10,000 pounds — not just day care vehicles — to sense the presence of a child and alert those outside of the car through honks, alarms and flashing lights. Andrew Boryga, sun-sentinel.com, "Children keep dying in hot cars as Florida legislators fail to act," 5 Aug. 2019 When Collin and Miles are parked in their truck, a man in a Prius blocks them in and proceeds to slowly unload Whole Foods grocery bags, ignoring their honks. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How two movies portray Oakland’s rapid change," 29 Aug. 2018 Through the floor-to-ceiling glass windows of the second-floor lounges in Brightline’s stations, riders can’t hear the honks of South Florida commuters. Meryl Kornfield, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Brightline train stations boost new development in South Florida's downtowns," 3 July 2018 His handler has been taking him on ridealongs so he won’t get spooked when his long ears hear a car honk, a person yell, or a semi-truck roll by, Gens said. Gal Tziperman Lotan, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Tiny bloodhound joins Osceola County Sheriff's Office," 15 June 2018 There was one ticket for a moving violation: Porter’s horn honk. Teri Figueroa, sandiegouniontribune.com, "ACLU suit targets law that bars horn honking at protests," 12 June 2018 About a half hour into the walk, one driver notices the yellow-vested faith walkers and taps four honks of approval. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "Donald Trump, urban violence and the struggle for Ten Point Coalition’s soul," 20 May 2018 Janice jumps at the honk of the Pathfinder behind her. Miles Marshall Lewis, The Root, "(What Did I Do to Get So) Black and Blue," 18 Mar. 2018 But the biggest question remains unaddressed: When the robots take the wheel, who will unleash their thunderous honks at America’s children? Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Starsky Robotics Unleashes Its Truly Driverless Truck in Florida," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of honk

Verb

1813, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1813, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for honk

Verb

imitative

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honk

verb

English Language Learners Definition of honk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

of a goose : to make a loud sound
of a horn : to make a loud sound
: to cause (a horn) to honk

honk

noun

English Language Learners Definition of honk (Entry 2 of 2)

: the loud sound made by a goose also : a similar loud sound

honk

verb
\ ˈhäŋk How to pronounce honk (audio) , ˈhȯŋk\
honked; honking

Kids Definition of honk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make a sound like the cry of a goose

honk

noun

Kids Definition of honk (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the cry of a goose
2 : a loud sound like the cry of a goose the honk of a horn

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