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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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  • He honked his horn loudly a couple of times and got out of the car and walked up to the shack and tried the door.

    Lease to Doomsday Lee Archer
  • A chauffeur at the mouth of the alley counted the flashes, and honked his horn.

    Black Star's Campaign Johnston McCulley
  • Right direct in front of that door—there was a police car stopped and honked.

    Warren Commission (6 of 26): Hearings Vol. VI (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • We tooted our horn and honked up its western side to the Potteries.

    From Gretna Green to Land's End Katharine Lee Bates
  • A Mexican came out when Blake honked the horn, and filled the tank sullenly.

    Beginners Luck Emily Hahn
  • Lefty, driving up to the curb to pick up Mack, honked also for Tim.

    Joan of the Journal Helen Diehl Olds
  • From the street rose the rumble of a motor, punctuated by a horn that honked.

    The Day of Days Louis Joseph Vance
British Dictionary definitions for honked


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 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
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Slang definitions & phrases for honked



Angry; pissed off: I'm going to have people really honked at me no matter what I do/ a honked-off Torcivia wrote to Wineke (1980s+)

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honk off



  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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