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

Eventually the transmission warning relented, the other drivers passed me honking furiously and my daughter put on her headphones. Peter Saenger, WSJ, "A Driving Tour of Devon, England—on Perilously Narrow Roads," 30 Oct. 2018 But the dark streets of the capital’s city center remained deserted, bar a few cars racing down avenues honking their horns. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Incumbent Wins Zimbabwe Presidential Vote Amid Rising Tensions," 2 Aug. 2018 After his conviction, thousands of Romanians marched in anti-corruption protests and celebrated by honking their car horns in downtown Bucharest. Fox News, "Romanian party leader convicted of graft vows to change laws," 22 June 2018 Many self-driving cars also have microphones that give them a sense of hearing, allowing them to detect honking horns, blaring sirens, screeching tires, and so forth. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "This startup helps self-driving cars literally feel the road," 11 Sep. 2018 A few minutes later, a passing van honked and a man leaned out the passenger window and gave Peres a friendly holler. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "Ariel Castro's former neighbors on Seymour Avenue are tired of being pointed at," 4 May 2018 The woman was eating at a Portland 7-Eleven on Tuesday night when Braaten honked at her and offered her a ride, according to a probable cause affidavit filed Wednesday in Multnomah County Circuit Court. Jim Ryan, OregonLive.com, "Clark County man accused of kidnapping woman, sexually assault her: records," 8 Mar. 2018 People were jumping up and down, screaming and hollering, honking their horns. Jennifer Bogo, Popular Mechanics, "The Oral History of Apollo 11," 17 July 2018 In cities across the country, locals celebrated the win by endlessly honking their horns and running around the streets that have been closed off for the event. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "How Russia Gave Itself a Facelift for the World Cup," 4 July 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

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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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