honk (hôngk, hŏngk)
1. The raucous, resonant sound characteristic of a wild goose.
a. A sound similar to a goose's honk: blew a loud honk on the bass saxophone.
b. The blaring sound of the horn on a motor vehicle.
v. honked, honk·ing, honks
To emit a honk.
To cause (a horn) to produce a honk.
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