foghorn

[ fog-hawrn, fawg- ]
/ ˈfɒgˌhɔrn, ˈfɔg- /

noun

a deep, loud horn for sounding warning signals in foggy weather, as to ships.
a deep, loud voice.

Nearby words

  1. fogger,
  2. foggia,
  3. fogging,
  4. foggy,
  5. foggy bottom,
  6. fogram,
  7. fogy,
  8. foh,
  9. foi,
  10. foia

Origin of foghorn

First recorded in 1855–60; fog1 + horn

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British Dictionary definitions for foghorn

foghorn

/ (ˈfɒɡˌhɔːn) /

noun

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

foghorn

n.

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

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