[hongk, hawngk]


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.

Origin of honk

An Americanism dating back to 1790–1800; imitative
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Related Words for honked

beep, blare, sound, blast, blow, tootle

Examples from the Web for honked

Contemporary Examples of honked

Historical Examples of honked

  • A chauffeur at the mouth of the alley counted the flashes, and honked his horn.

    Black Star's Campaign

    Johnston McCulley

  • We tooted our horn and honked up its western side to the Potteries.

  • Lefty, driving up to the curb to pick up Mack, honked also for Tim.

    Joan of the Journal

    Helen Diehl Olds

  • A Mexican came out when Blake honked the horn, and filled the tank sullenly.

    Beginners Luck

    Emily Hahn

  • The Skin, mostly lung-sac and voice organs, honked its warning.

    Rastignac the Devil

    Philip Jos Farmer

British Dictionary definitions for honked



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


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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Word Origin and History for honked



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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