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

Don is a beekeeper with a hive on the edge of the front garden that yielded about 40 pounds of honey this summer, now bottled or on its way to becoming that favorite medieval libation, mead. Washington Post, "Lawns are in retreat. Is suburbia ready for the frontward veggie garden?," 11 Sep. 2019 Visitors were surprised to find a young black bear snoozing on a counter in the ladies' bathroom -- dreaming of honey, no doubt. Christi Scott, CNN, "Must-watch videos of the week," 6 Sep. 2019 For kids who prefer a cold breakfast, try Greek yogurt with flaxseed, granola and fresh fruit mixed in, and perhaps a bit of honey. Melissa Rayworth, Houston Chronicle, "Healthful breakfast on a busy school morning? It’s not so hard," 14 Aug. 2019 Sure, there’s avocado toast, but why not opt for the sense-awakening burrata and crispy prosciutto toast, with a touch of local honey and cracked black pepper? San Diego Union-Tribune, "We hate brunch. But we love these 10 brunch spots," 8 Aug. 2019 The spiciness is quickly cooled from the Swiss cheese and drizzling of honey for sweetness. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Top 5 burgers to try in metro Detroit this summer," 25 June 2019 But the sugar molecules in a tablespoon of honey are not going to be superior to the sugar molecules found in a tablespoon of white sugar. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Can Our Bodies Even Tell the Difference Between Naturally Occurring and Added Sugars?," 24 June 2019 Borage is a natural on the table, with leaves that taste like cucumber and blossoms reminiscent of honey. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Use floral simple syrups in your cooking, not just cocktails," 19 June 2019 Enjoy hayrides, caramel apple hunts for free apples, picking your own apples, seeing honeybees make honey, the Tractor Town Adventure Farm Area and more. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "These are the 22 best things to do with kids around Indianapolis in September," 3 Sep. 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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More Definitions for honey

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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