[ hongk, hawngk ]
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  1. the cry of a goose.

  2. any similar sound, as of an automobile horn.

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.

verb (used with object)
  1. 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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How to use honk in a sentence

  • A few faint honks came to them, and then the geese grew misty on the horizon.

    The Scouts of the Valley | Joseph A. Altsheler
  • And he, likewise, worshipped with ardour and zeal at the Honks shrine.

    Men, Women and Guns | H. C. (Herman Cyril) McNeile

British Dictionary definitions for honk


/ (hɒŋk) /

  1. a representation of the sound made by a goose

  2. any sound resembling this, esp a motor horn

  1. British and Australian slang a bad smell

  1. to make or cause (something) to make such a sound

  2. (intr) British a slang word for vomit

  1. British and Australian slang to have a bad smell

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