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honk

[hongk, hawngk]
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noun
  1. the cry of a goose.
  2. any similar sound, as of an automobile horn.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to emit a honk.
  2. to cause an automobile horn to sound: He drove up in front of the house and honked.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cause (an automobile horn) to sound: The driver honked his horn impatiently.
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Origin of honk

An Americanism dating back to 1790–1800; imitative
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British Dictionary definitions for honk

honk

noun
  1. a representation of the sound made by a goose
  2. any sound resembling this, esp a motor horn
  3. British and Australian slang a bad smell
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verb
  1. to make or cause (something) to make such a sound
  2. (intr) British a slang word for vomit
  3. British and Australian slang to have a bad smell
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Word Origin and History for honk

n.

cry of a goose, 1814, American English, imitative. As a verb by 1854, of geese; the sense of "sound a horn," especially on an automobile, first recorded 1895 in American English. Related: Honked; honking.

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