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[fog-hawrn, fawg-] /ˈfɒgˌhɔrn, ˈfɔg-/
a deep, loud horn for sounding warning signals in foggy weather, as to ships.
a deep, loud voice.
Origin of foghorn
First recorded in 1855-60; fog1 + horn Unabridged
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  • Lucky the rain has driven off the fog or the foghorn would keep you awake.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "Seven shillings," shouted somebody with a voice like a foghorn.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • The deep note of the Goorkha's foghorn sounded close at hand.

    The Relief of Mafeking

    Filson Young
  • He would have a future before him as a foghorn were it only possible to make him call at will!

    Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar
  • "Sit you there, foghorn," FitzHerbert said, as he lowered the unresisting guest to a chair.

    Bulldog Carney W. A. Fraser
  • She was lost in an ocean of tears, I'd have had to use a foghorn.

    Six One-Act Plays Margaret Scott Oliver
  • Then again the jarring blast of the foghorn rolled out, and—on Heaven!

    A Veldt Official Bertram Mitford
  • We hove-to, keeping the foghorn going with its melancholy bray.

    The Log of a Sea-Waif Frank T. Bullen
  • "Most extraordinary thing," he bellowed in his foghorn tones.

    A Traitor's Wooing Headon Hill
British Dictionary definitions for foghorn


a mechanical instrument sounded at intervals to serve as a warning to vessels in fog
(informal) a loud deep resounding voice
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for foghorn

1858, from fog (n.1) + horn (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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