[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.
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

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.


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



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