[ hongk, hawngk ]
/ hɒŋk, hɔŋk /


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.

Nearby words

  1. hongwu,
  2. honi soit qui mal y pense,
  3. honiara,
  4. honied,
  5. honiton,
  6. honker,
  7. honkey,
  8. honky,
  9. honky-tonk,
  10. honolulu

Origin of honk

An Americanism dating back to 1790–1800; imitative

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British Dictionary definitions for honked


/ (hɒŋk) /


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper