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[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.
Origin of honk
1790-1800, Americanism; imitative Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for honk
  • Drivers now honk their horns at us as they pull up to the campus gate.
  • Do not be turned off by a light honk of the car's horn or them crowding into a space.
  • To demonstrate, he got up and started shadowboxing, which earned a honk and a wave from the driver of a red ambulette.
  • Cars honk, buses roar, and a sea of people sweeps by.
  • To honk at pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists unless necessary to avoid a collision.
  • honk the horn, pretend to drive, have their picture taken.
  • If you spot deer ahead, slow down immediately and honk your horn.
  • It is butted off by the largest adult who turns in confrontation and blows a braying honk at its foe.
  • Knock on the hood or honk the car horn before starting the engine.
  • With some devices, the horn will honk until the vehicle is turned off.
British Dictionary definitions for honk


a representation of the sound made by a goose
any sound resembling this, esp a motor horn
(Brit & Austral, slang) a bad smell
to make or cause (something) to make such a sound
(intransitive) (Brit) a slang word for vomit
(Brit & Austral, slang) to have a bad smell
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Word Origin and History for honk

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
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Slang definitions & phrases for honk


  1. To sound the horn of a car (1895+)
  2. To make a sexual, esp a homosexual, advance by handling or pressing a man's genitals: He's making a move to honk you, just grab his hand (1960s+)
  3. To vomit; barf, hurl (1990s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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