honk

verb
\ˈhäŋk, 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

The few cars that could get through Wisconsin Avenue honked their horns in support of the demonstrators, sometimes drowning out their speeches. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Immigrant-rights marchers rally in Wisconsin and the nation," 30 June 2018 Cars passing on the other side of the freeway at times honked at the man and one even shouted to police: ‘‘Shoot him!’’ The standoff ended when the man eventually did a backflip off the freeway sign down to an inflatable below. BostonGlobe.com, "Freeway sign climber snarls downtown Los Angeles traffic, does a backflip at end of his protest," 27 June 2018 By McClatchy Related stories from Miami Herald Driver honked at weaving motorcycle. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Teacher helped lead Future Business Leaders of America. He stole $52,000 from them, Ohio cops say," 19 June 2018 Some drivers honked in support; a few people stopped and dropped off bottled water for the crowd. Bill Leukhardt, Courant Community, "West Hartford Rally Draws Crowd Protesting Trump Immigration Policies," 30 June 2018 Motorists passing the Lakers’ home arena honked their horns. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "As LeBron James news spread, Lakers fans start celebrating outside Staples Center," 2 July 2018 Drivers honked horns in support as protesters marched on the pedestrian walkway that's suspended above the Brooklyn Bridge roadway. Michael R. Sisak And Julie Walker, The Christian Science Monitor, "New York protesters face the heat to decry ICE practices," 2 July 2018 As protesters gathered, passing traffic honked their horns in support, setting off loud cheers from the crowd. Marco Santana, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando protesters object to Trump immigration policies," 30 June 2018 In Ankara, drivers honked their horns and supporters waved Turkish flags along the main boulevards of the capital. Yeliz Candemir, WSJ, "Erdogan Wins Another Term as Turkey’s President," 24 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Drive Up orders arrive on employees’ handheld devices with a loud honk to keep them from getting lost amid other alerts. Lauren Zumbach, chicagotribune.com, "As pickup and delivery options proliferate in Chicago, retailers hope to add convenience, avoid confusion," 7 June 2018 Together, the four of them began the eastern anchor of the #RedforEd demonstration to a chorus of repetitive honks and encouraging cheers. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "Arizona #RedForEd teacher supporters to line 45 miles of Baseline Road," 25 Apr. 2018 The honks come as single horn pumps, multi-toots, and long, sustained blares. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "How a volcano scientist set out to change American politics," 7 June 2018 Media outnumbered protesters, who were still getting lots of honks of support from drivers. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "'We give the utmost care': Melania Trump meets Tucson border officials, tours facility," 28 June 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 But palentologist Julia Clarke, while analyzing an ancient bird Vegavis iaai, which would have been alive during the reign of the Tyrannosaurus, discovered a syrinx, the organ that gives modern birds their wide range of honks and squawks. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Dinosaurs Probably Didn't Roar, But Some Definitely Quacked," 13 Oct. 2016 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

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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, 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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