honk

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verb

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

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

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noun

: 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
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
One survey of South Florida residents in urban neighborhoods found lawn and garden equipment the top noise complaint and far more bothersome than sounds produced by cars and trucks, honking or barking. David Vaina, Orlando Sentinel, 28 June 2024 Road rage manifests itself in many ways, from drivers honking their horns and yelling to cutting off other people. Shaun Goodwin, Idaho Statesman, 13 June 2024
Noun
Former Anderson Township Trustee Andrew Pappas organized a honk and wave at the private jet center where Trump's private plane landed. Scott Wartman, The Courier-Journal, 16 May 2024 While fending off these undead clowns, if players use a melee attack, the zombie clown's horn honks. Ew Staff, EW.com, 24 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for honk 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

imitative

First Known Use

Verb

1813, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1813, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of honk was in 1813

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Cite this Entry

“Honk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honk. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

honk

noun
ˈhäŋk,
ˈhȯŋk
: the cry of a goose
also : a similar sound (as of a horn)
honk verb

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