honey

noun
hon·​ey | \ ˈhə-nē How to pronounce honey (audio) \
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 How to pronounce honied (audio) \; 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

The Chinese government has been actively blocking images of the honey-loving bear for years since Internet users began comparing the fictional character to Xi. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Disney's Winnie the Pooh film 'Christopher Robin' denied release in China," 6 Aug. 2018 The pops are hand-made from original recipes and sweetened with organic cane sugar or local honey. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "Fog, flowers, more crazy shakes: What's new and offbeat in DFW ice-cream shops," 20 June 2018 My top pick is still Hungry Pigeon (743 S. Fourth St.) in Queen Village, where Pat O’Malley, who used to run the pastry production for Balthazar, is making flaky wonders rich with Euro-style butter and a kiss of local honey subbed for sugar. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "The best croissants in Philadelphia | Craig LaBan," 19 June 2018 Made with snowmelt, sage, and local Colorado honey, this beer tastes the way the arid Rocky Mountain breeze smells. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "The Definitive Summer Guide to Shower Beer," 6 June 2018 At the bustling Cahawba House, breakfast is all about the buttery biscuits ($1 each) accompanied by local honey, organic maple syrup or local jam (each $. New York Times, "36 Hours in Montgomery, Ala.," 3 May 2018 The gin-fresh Blackberry Bees Knees, shaken with local honey and a splash of sparkling wine, is a semi-sweet accompaniment to hush puppies full of blue crab meat. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "The hottest new restaurants in Indianapolis this spring," 19 Apr. 2018 There are also stands selling fresh fish, eggs, olive oils, local honey, cheeses, bagels, and pasta. Lisa B. Zwirn, BostonGlobe.com, "Food & Travel: A feast of options at the West Palm Beach GreenMarket," 2 Apr. 2018 In addition to honey and olive oil, the company launched a chili oil, which speaks to its founders’ Asian-American backgrounds. Charlotte Palermino, Marie Claire, "15 Women to Watch in the CBD Industry," 16 Apr. 2019

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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honey

noun

English Language Learners Definition of honey

: a thick, sweet substance made by bees
informal used to address someone you love
chiefly US, informal : something that is very good

honey

noun
hon·​ey | \ ˈhə-nē How to pronounce honey (audio) \

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 How to pronounce honey (audio) \
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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