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 People driving past the house would honk in approval. Maura Judkis, Washington Post, "Can gigantic skeletons save Halloween?," 28 Oct. 2020 While many people honk in support, others jeer and yell at him. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "In a chaotic year, Spirit Rock’s Jack Kornfield draws thousands to virtual Monday meditations," 9 Oct. 2020 Keep your car locked at all times, especially when parked in a driveway or garage. Keep your keys out of children's reach. Teach your child to honk if they are ever stuck in a car. Steve Kiggins, USA TODAY, "Florida baby dies after being left for 'several hours' in hot car, police say. It's the 21st case of child vehicular heatstroke this year.," 3 Sep. 2020 Keep your car locked at all times, especially when parked in a driveway or garage. Keep your keys out of children's reach. Teach your child to honk if they are ever stuck in a car. Steve Kiggins, USA TODAY, "Florida baby dies after being left for 'several hours' in hot car, police say. It's the 21st case of child vehicular heatstroke this year.," 3 Sep. 2020 Instead of applauding, people will honk their horns. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, "Q&A: David Byrne on his festival hit 'American Utopia'," 11 Sep. 2020 Throughout the concert, which was opened by hard-rock band Three Days Grace, Metallica frontman James Hetfield urged fans to honk their horns and put their phones up, which many people did eagerly and frequently. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "'Music helps us through all things': Metallica rocks virtual concert at drive-in theaters," 30 Aug. 2020 Keep your car locked at all times, especially when parked in a driveway or garage. Keep your keys out of children's reach. Teach your child to honk if they are ever stuck in a car. Steve Kiggins, USA TODAY, "Florida baby dies after being left for 'several hours' in hot car, police say. It's the 21st case of child vehicular heatstroke this year.," 3 Sep. 2020 As morning rain ended, the demonstrators stood on all four corners of North Charles Street and East Northern Parkway and encouraged motorists to honk their horns in support. Jeff Barker, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore faith communities rally for Black Lives Matter movement and call it a ‘beginning’," 29 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That's about patience — as is my honk at the driver in front of me reading texts. Christopher Borrelli Chicago Tribune (tns), Star Tribune, "America really doesn't want to wait," 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, "In Florida's Villages, outnumbered Biden backers circle the golf carts," 29 Oct. 2020 Some honk and stick their fist out the car window in solidarity. Dallas News, "A North Dallas church wants its neighborhood to believe Black Lives Matter," 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, "Pagosa Springs: Gateway to San Juan Mountains and base camp for anglers," 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, "As Machines Get Smarter, How Will We Relate to Them?," 19 May 2020 By the afternoon, three honk shoooooos appeared alone on a spread. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "The Bard of Bedtime," 8 Oct. 2019 For the most part, protesters stayed in their vehicles, content to jam the streets and honk. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Hey, Michigan Capitol protesters: Next time stay in your cars," 16 Apr. 2020 Upon hearing the honk, Caroline bounces out of her bicycle seat, veers off the road, and falls to the ground in dramatic fashion while Luke is heard laughing in the background. Rebecca Norris, Country Living, "Luke Bryan Pranked His Wife and We Can't Stop Laughing at His Instagram Video," 8 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

31 Oct 2020

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“Honk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honk. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for honk

honk

verb
How to pronounce honk (audio)

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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