honk [hongk, hawngk] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  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 Related Words for honked beep, blare, sound, blast, blow, tootle Examples from the Web for honked Contemporary Examples of honked

  • As he walked to his car and I turned right onto Fairfax Avenue, I honked my horn.

    Michael Hastings’ Hunger for Life

    Jack Gray

    June 14, 2014

  • Groups of young people in cars waved flags out their sunroofs and honked their horns in victory.

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    October 2, 2012

  • In the distance, drivers coming up the hill from Georgetown honked in support of Pussy Riot.

    Amnesty International’s Pussy Riot Concert: Balaclavas and Punk Rockers

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    August 13, 2012

  • Historical Examples of honked

  • A chauffeur at the mouth of the alley counted the flashes, and honked his horn.

    Black Star’s Campaign

    Johnston McCulley

  • We tooted our horn and honked up its western side to the Potteries.

    From Gretna Green to Land’s End

    Katharine Lee Bates

  • Lefty, driving up to the curb to pick up Mack, honked also for Tim.

    Joan of the Journal

    Helen Diehl Olds

  • A Mexican came out when Blake honked the horn, and filled the tank sullenly.

    Beginners Luck

    Emily Hahn

  • The Skin, mostly lung-sac and voice organs, honked its warning.

    Rastignac the Devil

    Philip Jos Farmer

  • British Dictionary definitions for honked honk noun

    1. a representation of the sound made by a goose
    2. any sound resembling this, esp a motor horn
    3. 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
    3. British and Australian slang to have a bad smell

    Word Origin and History for honked 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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