[fog-hawrn, fawg-]


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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for foghorn

alarm, siren, signal

Examples from the Web for foghorn

Contemporary Examples of foghorn

Historical Examples of foghorn

  • 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.

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

  • "Sit you there, foghorn," FitzHerbert said, as he lowered the unresisting guest to a chair.

    Bulldog Carney

    W. A. Fraser

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
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Word Origin and History for foghorn

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

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