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 Peavy’s home has become something of a tourist attraction, with drivers and pedestrians flocking there over the weekend to take photos or honk their horns. Tiffini Theisen, orlandosentinel.com, 2 Nov. 2021 Video of the incident posted on social media shows a pickup truck doing a tire burnout across the intersection as other drivers honk their horns. Austen Erblat, sun-sentinel.com, 5 Oct. 2021 That’s why those that honk their horn at such a driver do so, trying to get them out of their mental fog and into the driving realm. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021 Video of the incident posted on social media shows a pickup truck doing a tire burnout across the intersection as other nearby drivers honk their horns. al, 18 June 2021 For example, suppose the AI driving system opts to honk the horn of the self-driving car or perhaps turns the headlights on and off, attempting to gain the attention of the human driver. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 6 Sep. 2021 Video of the incident posted on social media shows a pickup truck doing a tire burnout across the intersection as other nearby drivers honk their horns. al, 18 June 2021 Apple Wallet will also get more remote car functionality, allowing users to honk the horn, open the trunk, and more, on compatible cars. Maren Estrada, BGR, 16 July 2021 Video of the incident posted on social media shows a pickup truck doing a tire burnout across the intersection as other nearby drivers honk their horns. al, 18 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The most obvious symptom is a strong cough that can sound like a honk. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Jan. 2021 That's about patience — as is my honk at the driver in front of me reading texts. Christopher Borrelli Chicago Tribune (tns), Star Tribune, 2 Nov. 2020 In the 50 minutes that the Washington Examiner spoke to the roadside Biden supporters, at least 53 cars responded with a horn-honk in approval. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, 29 Oct. 2020 Some honk and stick their fist out the car window in solidarity. Dallas News, 29 June 2020 The honks of sweeping Canada geese became roars as the sounds reverberated off the still water and valley walls. Matt Wyatt, ExpressNews.com, 6 June 2020 At first the cars were overcautious and twitchy, earning angry honks from human drivers for unnecessary braking and hesitant turns. Tom Simonite, Wired, 19 May 2020 By the afternoon, three honk shoooooos appeared alone on a spread. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 8 Oct. 2019 For the most part, protesters stayed in their vehicles, content to jam the streets and honk. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, 16 Apr. 2020

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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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Last Updated

13 Nov 2021

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“Honk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honk. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for honk

honk

verb

English Language Learners Definition of honk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make a loud sound
: 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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