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ˈhäŋk How to pronounce honk (audio)
honked; honking; honks

intransitive verb

: to make the characteristic cry of a goose
: to make a sound resembling the cry of a goose

transitive verb

: to cause to honk
honk a horn


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: 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
Recent Examples on the Web
Before the wedding, the couple went to Central Park to take photos, where people stopped to take videos and cheer them on and tour buses honked at them. Sadiba Hasan, New York Times, 31 May 2024 In other news, a few hours earlier and a few miles away by car or incessantly honking Yellow cab, a former president of the United States was convicted of 34 felonies. Greg Cote, Miami Herald, 31 May 2024
While fending off these undead clowns, if players use a melee attack, the zombie clown's horn honks. Ew Staff, EW.com, 24 May 2024 Former Anderson Township Trustee Andrew Pappas organized a honk and wave at the private jet center where Trump's private plane landed. Scott Wartman, The Enquirer, 15 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for honk 

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Word History




First Known Use


1813, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1813, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of honk was in 1813

Dictionary Entries Near honk

Cite this Entry

“Honk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honk. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the cry of a goose
also : a similar sound (as of a horn)
honk verb

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