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

Some honk, some tap the gas, revving their engines. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "What Happened When I Rode a Boosted Board From New York to Philadelphia," 27 Dec. 2018 Teachers from neighboring counties joined Putnam County teachers on the picket line as motorists honked their support. John Raby, The Seattle Times, "Despite bill’s demise, W.Va. teachers to strike for 2nd day," 20 Feb. 2019 As the minutes passed, as more fans joined the celebration, cars honked, the mood lifted, and the cheering grew louder. Sandra Dibble, sandiegouniontribune.com, "¡Viva Korea! Losing to Sweden, Mexican soccer fans cheer Korean team," 27 June 2018 Then, a series of loud honks from the other side of the road, followed by animated waving, awaken us out of our speed spell. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Inside the Car Company That's Resurrecting the DeLorean," 18 Jan. 2019 Texidor, the driver, honks periodically, signaling to neighbors that her team is on its way. Whitney Eulich, The Christian Science Monitor, "Months after Maria, Puerto Ricans take recovery into their own hands," 7 May 2018 There are just a few of us standing around while these big, bizarre creatures, whose pendulous noses hang down past their mouths, honk and roar at each other while bickering over guavas. Christopher Bagley, Condé Nast Traveler, "Sailing the South China Sea Is the Best Way to See Southeast Asia," 15 Nov. 2018 An arrest affidavit says Cruz-Echevarria honked his horn and passed McFoley. Fox News, "Sheriff: Army vet killed in murder-for-hire plot in Florida," 7 Sep. 2018 Every year, the list contains the same shuffle of cities: Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Dallas, San Francisco, Atlanta—a who’s who of honking megalopoli. Nick Stockton, WIRED, "Traffic Doesn’t Hurt the Economy—But We Should Still Fix It," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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