- 1[countable] a hard pointed part that grows, usually in pairs, on the heads of some animals, such as sheep and cows. Horns are often curved.
- 2 [countable] a horn on the head of a male deer synonym antler
- 3[uncountable] the hard substance of which animal horns are made
- 4[countable] a device in a vehicle for making a loud sound as a warning or signal to honk your car horn Behind him, a horn blared. see also foghorn
- 5[countable] a simple musical instrument that consists of a curved metal tube that you blow into a hunting horn
- 6 [countable] = French horn a horn concerto see also English horn Idioms
nounjump to other results
to talk on the telephone
be/get on the horn (informal)jump to other results
to praise your own abilities and achievements synonym boast This phrase refers to the custom of announcing important guests by blowing a horn.
blow/toot your own horn (informal)jump to other results
to start being more careful in your behavior, especially by spending less money than before Small businesses have had to pull their horns in during the recession.
draw/pull your horns injump to other results
to get involved in an argument or a disagreement with someone The company has locked horns with the unions over proposed pay cuts.
lock horns (with somebody) (over something)jump to other results
in a situation in which you have to make a choice between things that are equally unpleasant The medical profession's eagerness for scientific advance had impaled it on the horns of a dilemma, forcing an unnatural choice between science and morality.
on the horns of a dilemmajump to other results
to face a difficult or dangerous situation directly and with courage Nora decided to take the bull by the horns and organize things herself.
take the bull by the hornsjump to other results