hone


1hone

noun \ˈhōn\

Definition of HONE

:  whetstone

Origin of HONE

Middle English, from Old English hān stone; akin to Old Norse hein whetstone, Latin cot-, cos, Sanskrit śiśāti he whets
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Hardware Terms

adze, auger, awl, chock, ferrule, punch, tang

2hone

transitive verb
honedhon·ing

Definition of HONE

1
:  to sharpen or smooth with a whetstone
2
:  to make more acute, intense, or effective :  whet <helped her hone her comic timing — Patricia Bosworth>
hon·er noun

First Known Use of HONE

1798

3hone

intransitive verb
honedhon·ing

Definition of HONE

1
dialect :  yearn —often used with for or after
2
dialect :  grumble, moan

Origin of HONE

Middle French hoigner to grumble
First Known Use: 1600

Other Dialect Terms

bespoke, boughten, lave, muchacho, nigh, spunk, thunk, toboggan

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