honey

noun
hon·​ey | \ˈhə-nē \
plural honeys

Definition of honey 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a sweet viscid material elaborated out of the nectar of flowers in the honey sac of various bees

b : a sweet fluid resembling honey that is collected or elaborated by various insects

2a : a loved one : sweetheart, dear

b : a superlative example

3 : the quality or state of being sweet : sweetness

4 : an attractive woman

honey

verb
honeyed also honied\ ˈhə-​nēd \; honeying

Definition of honey (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to sweeten with or as if with honey

2 : to speak ingratiatingly to : flatter

intransitive verb

: to use blandishments or cajolery

honey

adjective

Definition of honey (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : of, relating to, or resembling honey

2 : much loved : dear

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Examples of honey in a Sentence

Noun

She likes honey in her tea. Your car is a real honey.

Verb

she knew that the hairstylist was honeying her for a reason—the expectation of a generous tip
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Grindhaus, a little farther down on Van Brunt Street, is the place to go for buttermilk waffles with duck confit and hot honey. New York Times, "Free (or Cheap) Things to Do in NYC This Weekend," 5 July 2018 While the ribs are smoking, in a small saucepan combine ketchup, molasses, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and honey. Fox News, "John McLemore's Independence Day cookout," 1 July 2018 Breakfast Republic will kick off Father’s Day with food and drink specials like Iced Almond Roca Mocha, Watermelon Mimosa and a Bees Knees cocktail, crafted from Old Glove Gin, fresh lemon and honey. Carolina Gusman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Skip the tie: 45 Father's Day dining specials in San Diego County," 9 June 2018 In a cocktail shaker combine ice with ½ cup 100% pomegranate juice, ¼ cup aquafaba, ½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon manuka honey, and ¼ teaspoon fresh grated ginger root. Health.com, "6 Mocktail Recipes That Make Happy Hour Way Healthier," 12 July 2018 Kissed with heat and honey, and finished with a cheesy crisp, these babies are made marvelous with a few simple tricks. Mallorie Sullivan, Cincinnati.com, "Fourth of July food: Here are 9 last-minute recipes your guests will love," 3 July 2018 In addition, my goal is to be on Saturday Night Live one day, honey. Henry Youtt, Billboard, "'Drag Race': Eureka Talks Performing at Elephant Sanctuaries and Season 10 Finale," 29 June 2018 Sessions in wine, beer, cheese, honey and olive oil tasting are offered multiple times a day. Julia Sclafani And Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "All the new State Fair offerings: wine tastings, silent discos, coasters and acai bowls," 12 July 2018 To introduce dessert, Contreras presents a small ice cream cone with the cone and filling made from honey and its pollen. Michael Bauer, SFChronicle.com, "Atelier Crenn: SF’s newest 4-star restaurant," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Earthworks Farm will be at all three markets with honey crafted on the Valley Farm and plenty of their Abeille Alaska beeswax and honey body care products and soaps. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Get your fish fix at Anchorage farmers markets this week," 24 Jan. 2018 Daddy: That grass isn't going to cut itself, honey bunch! Southern Living, "Mama's Spring To-Do Lists," 3 Apr. 2017 Daddy: That grass isn't going to cut itself, honey bunch! Southern Living, "Mama's Spring To-Do Lists," 1 May 2017

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First Known Use of honey

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for honey

Noun

Middle English hony, from Old English hunig; akin to Old High German honag honey, and probably to Sanskrit kāñcana gold, Latin canicae bran

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The first known use of honey was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for honey

honey

noun

English Language Learners Definition of honey

: a thick, sweet substance made by bees

—used to address someone you love

: something that is very good

honey

noun
hon·​ey | \ˈhə-nē \

Kids Definition of honey

1 : a sweet sticky material made by bees from the nectar of flowers and stored by them in a honeycomb for food

honey

noun
hon·​ey | \ˈhən-ē \
plural honeys

Medical Definition of honey 

1 : a sweet viscid material elaborated out of the nectar of flowers in the honey sac of various bees

2 : any of various preparations consisting of simple mixtures of medicaments with honey

Other Words from honey

honey adjective

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