- 1[intransitive, transitive] if a car horn honks or you honk or honk the horn, the horn makes a loud noise synonym hoot honking taxis She rushed from the room at the sound of the taxi honking. honk at somebody/something Why did he honk at me? honk something People honked their horns as they drove past. See related entries: Motoring problems and accidents, Driving
- 2[intransitive] when a goose honks, it makes a loud noise Word Origin mid 19th cent.: imitative.
BrE BrE//hɒŋk//; NAmE NAmE//hɑːŋk//, NAmE//hɔːŋk//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they honk
BrE BrE//hɒŋk//; NAmE NAmE//hɑːŋk//, NAmE//hɔːŋk//he / she / it honks
BrE BrE//hɒŋks//; NAmE NAmE//hɑːŋks//, NAmE//hɔːŋks//past simple honked
BrE BrE//hɒŋkt//; NAmE NAmE//hɑːŋkt//, NAmE//hɔːŋkt//past participle honked
BrE BrE//hɒŋkt//; NAmE NAmE//hɑːŋkt//, NAmE//hɔːŋkt//-ing form honking
BrE BrE//ˈhɒŋkɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːŋkɪŋ//, NAmE//ˈhɔːŋkɪŋ//Motoring problems and accidents, Driving