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honk

[hongk, hawngk] /hɒŋk, hɔŋk/
noun
1.
the cry of a goose.
2.
any similar sound, as of an automobile horn.
verb (used without object)
3.
to emit a honk.
4.
to cause an automobile horn to sound:
He drove up in front of the house and honked.
verb (used with object)
5.
to cause (an automobile horn) to sound:
The driver honked his horn impatiently.
Origin of honk
1790-1800
1790-1800, Americanism; imitative
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  • They heard it in the honking of the first flock of wild geese.

    Johnny Longbow Roy J. Snell
  • Here was the poet, disturbed by the honking hustle of passing cars.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • It wheeled perilously in a sharp curve, and with honking horn hurtled down the road which followed the course of the river.

  • A honking, a shout, the motor engine raced before it was shut off.

    Main Street Sinclair Lewis
  • Long V-shaped flights of geese swept athwart the sky, very high up, but their honking came faintly to the ear.

    The Riverman Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for honking

honk

/hɒŋk/
noun
1.
a representation of the sound made by a goose
2.
any sound resembling this, esp a motor horn
3.
(Brit & Austral, slang) a bad smell
verb
4.
to make or cause (something) to make such a sound
5.
(intransitive) (Brit) a slang word for vomit
6.
(Brit & Austral, slang) to have a bad smell
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Word Origin and History for honking

honk

n.

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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Slang definitions & phrases for honking

honking

adjective

Large; humongous: We have a honking textbook in my management class (1980s+ Students)

honk

verb

  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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