honeypot

noun

hon·​ey·​pot ˈhə-nē-ˌpät How to pronounce honeypot (audio)
1
: one that is attractive or desirable
2
: a substantial source of money

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Salvadoran artist hadn’t been to the international fair, which serves as a honeypot for the art world elite, since before the pandemic. Dallas News, 14 Dec. 2022 Early on, Lenny had inadvertently set up a hoaxer honeypot. Amanda J. Crawford, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Aug. 2022 Eugene is walking with his new love interest, Stephanie, who actually does appear interested in him rather than just a honeypot designed to lure in strangers. Erik Kain, Forbes, 19 Sep. 2021 Two picks would give them more ammo in the honeypot of the draft. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Apr. 2022 Recent sales suggest top niche makers are still his honeypot. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 30 Oct. 2021 Artworks will be re-homed in small towns and villages, in a bid to spread tourists -- and their spending, as well as their impact on the environment -- around the region, instead of centering them around the Florence honeypot. Julia Buckley, CNN, 23 June 2021 Other honeypot sites include Fredericksburg in Texas Hill Country, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area in Texas and NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 10 June 2021 This sale, which is a honeypot for those who came of age in the 1980s and 1990s, is expected to yield $1.2m-1.7m. The Economist, 12 Sep. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1924, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of honeypot was in 1924

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“Honeypot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honeypot. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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