honk

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

(onomatopoeia)

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Verb[edit]

honk (third-person singular simple present honks, present participle honking, simple past and past participle honked)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To use a car horn.
    They stood and observed how long it took for the other cars to honk.
  2. (intransitive) To make a sound like a car horn.
  3. (intransitive) To make the sound of a goose.
    "Honk!" she said, beaming reassuringly through the window and flapping her arms.
  4. (informal) To vomit: regurgitate the contents of one's stomach.

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Noun[edit]

honk (plural honks)

  1. The sound produced by a typical car horn.
  2. The cry of a goose.

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Interjection[edit]

honk

  1. Imitation of car horn, used, for example, to clear a path for oneself.

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch honc, likely through Old Dutch from Proto-Germanic *hank-, *hunk-. Only has cognates in the Frisian languages. Possibly related to haak (hook) and hoek (corner).

Noun[edit]

honk n (plural honken, diminutive honkje n)

  1. (somewhat rare) home, place where one belongs, shelter
  2. (games) base (safe zone)

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