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honk

[ hongk, hawngk ]
/ hɒŋk, hɔŋk /
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noun

the cry of a goose.
any similar sound, as of an automobile horn.

verb (used without object)

to emit a honk.
to cause an automobile horn to sound: He drove up in front of the house and honked.

verb (used with object)

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
/ (hɒŋk) /

noun

a representation of the sound made by a goose
any sound resembling this, esp a motor horn
British and Australian slang a bad smell

verb

to make or cause (something) to make such a sound
(intr) British a slang word for vomit
British and Australian slang to have a bad smell
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