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 Alaniz said visitors park on Todd Lane and honk their car horns to let the animals know about their arrival. Dallas News, "How a goat farm in Garland survived an unexpected death and the pandemic," 20 Apr. 2021 After a few of the demonstrators were seen yelling at a car that was several feet over the stop bar in the road, the driver started to honk his horn. Li Cohen, CBS News, "Man accused of running a red light to drive through crowd at a "Stop Asian Hate" rally," 24 Mar. 2021 Packard asked lawmakers to honk their horns or flash their lights to vote yes. Holly Ramer, Star Tribune, "American idle: New Hampshire House holds drive-in session," 6 Jan. 2021 The 16-song set ran for an hour and a half, with Metallica's members regularly asking fans to honk their horns and raise their phones. Gary Dinges, USA TODAY, "Country fans can watch Kane Brown's drive-in concert at more than 100 outdoor venues," 9 Sep. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The most obvious symptom is a strong cough that can sound like a honk. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Kennel cough is ripping through Anchorage dog parks, and veterinarians recommend social distancing for pets," 27 Jan. 2021 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

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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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5 May 2021

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“Honk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honk. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for honk

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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