Definition of honk in English:


Pronunciation /häNGk/ /hɑŋk/ /hôNGk/ /hɔŋk/

Translate honk into Spanish


  • 1The cry of a wild goose.

    ‘Goats bleated occasionally, chickens clucked and honks from geese could be heard sometimes.’
    • ‘In general, vocalizations are varied and include: trumpeting, whistles, twitters, honks, barks, grunts, quacks, croaks and growls.’
    • ‘When a goose is flying in formation its call is a slow, measured honk.’
    1. 1.1The harsh sound of a car horn.
      ‘The deafening honk of a car horn sounded, which was soon followed by a loud yell of ‘Get off the road’ from a passing car.’
      • ‘My mother would give a gentle honk of the car horn to indicate that we had arrived and Granny Perin would be at the door to greet us.’
      • ‘With a double honk of the car horn, they sped away.’
      • ‘A cacophony of honks and screeches filled the city as we drove there.’
      • ‘Reacting slowly, the car let out a honk that sounded like a truck horn, and started screeching to a stop.’
      • ‘Many drivers reacted angrily to the protesters and responded with a chorus of honks and shouts.’
      • ‘Being jerked from her thoughts, she heard a loud honk outside the door.’
      • ‘Occasionally she would hear a loud honk and screech, followed by cars roaring away again.’
      • ‘They were rewarded with honks from the cars behind them.’
      • ‘I was swerving in and out of cars, and I got quite a few honks.’
      • ‘He didn't hear the loud, insistent honks of approaching vehicles but he certainly felt the sharp pain as a car collided with his right side.’
      • ‘He repeatedly gets honks and thumbs up from passing motorists reminding him of his enduring popularity.’
      • ‘Alex sped all the way to Natalie's place ignoring the honks from the other cars.’
      • ‘There were a couple of impatient car honks behind her, so she pulled up beside the curb.’
      • ‘Rebecca glanced nervously behind them, listening to the honks of the car.’
      • ‘Just as she said goodbye, he heard a honk in his driveway.’
      • ‘Far away, he heard a honk, but a car was nowhere in sight.’
      • ‘They heard the honk of a large truck behind them.’
      • ‘A sudden loud honk caught my attention, and only then did I realize that I was on a road, and a truck seemed to be moving nearer and nearer in my direction…’
      • ‘I smiled and walked over to her when I heard another honk.’
      blast, blare, sound, beep, meep, honk, toot


  • 1Make or cause to make a honk.

    no object ‘geese circled around and honked’
    • ‘taxi drivers honking their horns’
    • ‘Several drivers honk their horns in support and the huddle of firefighters on the picket line lift their arms in grateful acknowledgement.’
    • ‘Drivers drove by and honked their horns in support.’
    • ‘Passing cars, buses and taxis honked horns in support, and a pedestrian raised a fist.’
    • ‘The camaraderie is infectious, and is continuously enlivened by new arrivals and passing vehicles honking their support.’
    • ‘Disturbingly, many people were honking their support for him.’
    • ‘Cars passing by honk their support to the couples in line.’
    • ‘Cars rushed by, honking and screeching, and the drivers were all screaming and cursing at one another.’
    • ‘People call to complain about rash driving, drivers not sticking to lanes and honking too much.’
    • ‘As they walked along the streets, they were honked at by passing cars and some drivers pulled up alongside to give them money.’
    • ‘Every once and a while a car would be heard honking or screeching its tires.’
    • ‘There were cab drivers stopping, people throwing money from buildings and cars honking.’
    • ‘The protest, though not well publicized, drew enthusiastic community support, with passing motorists honking their approval.’
    • ‘Our bus driver uses the horn more than the clutch, honking at every vehicle or pedestrian.’
    • ‘Traffic had been pretty bad on the way back - four times Joy got mad and honked loudly at a fellow driver who made a minor mistake.’
    • ‘You can either wait patiently, or keep honking.’
    • ‘I am the one who advocates driving without honking.’
    • ‘The cars keep honking, wanting to get on their way.’
    • ‘When I got in his car, about five thousand people were honking at us.’
    • ‘You have to pause, braving the traffic honking behind you, to spot it.’
    blast, sound loudly, trumpet, clamour, boom, roar, thunder, bellow, resound, honk, toot, shriek, screech
    blast, blasting, clamour, boom, booming, roar, roaring, thunder, thundering, bellow, bellowing, resounding, honk, honking, shriek, shrieking, screech
  • 2British informal Vomit.

    • ‘One only took notice of them when they came back sloshed on Saturday nights and honked on the stairs.’
    be sick, spew, spew up, fetch up


Mid 19th century imitative.