\ ˈhȯr-nē How to pronounce horny (audio) \
hornier; horniest

Definition of horny

1a : of or made of horn (see horn sense 1d) a horny growth
b : having a hard calloused surface or texture horny skin horny-handed
c of a mineral : compact and homogeneous with a dull luster
2 : having horns (see horn sense 1)

3 [ horn erect penis + 1-y ]

a : desiring sexual gratification horny teenagers
b : excited sexually

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Other Words from horny

horniness noun

Examples of horny in a Sentence

in her view, “teenage boys are perpetually horny

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The Battle of Winterfell is over, the dead have been burned, and everybody is extremely drunk and horny! Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jaime and Brienne Finally Got Together on Game of Thrones and I Will Never Recover," 6 May 2019 An offshoot of the official Harvard College Class of 2021 Facebook group, the messaging forum was at one point named ‘‘Harvard memes for horny bourgeois teens,’’ according to the Crimson. BostonGlobe.com, "What leads Harvard to rescind admission?," 18 June 2019 When Fifty Shades came out, article after article depicted and chided its readers as desperate, horny middle-aged women. Constance Grady, Vox, "Reckoning with Twilight, 10 years later," 21 Nov. 2018 Out of the generosity of my heart, and because horny people need to stick together, here are my tips for finding great erotica. 1. Jenni Miller, SELF, "7 Ways to Find Truly Sexy Erotica, According to Someone Who Reads Tons of It," 22 Feb. 2019 How, exactly, did this bar become the stuff of horny legends? Allison P. Davis, The Cut, "How Union Pool Became the Horny Utopia of 2000s Williamsburg," 31 Jan. 2018 As temperatures rose this week, the Cut also became maybe probably a little bit horny. The Cut, "This Week’s New Cut T-Shirts Are Totally Kind of Hot," 4 May 2018 The answer, if hardly the justification, may be that the film is simply adopting the honest, horny perspective of Norimichi, who is hardly alone in being besotted with his classmate Nazuna. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Time-travel romance, but no magic, in the Japanese anime 'Fireworks'," 2 July 2018 Tough news out of Washington this morning: Apparently no one wants to hook up with any of the young, horny singles of the Trump White House. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "Trump Staffers Can’t Get Laid," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of horny

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

History and Etymology for horny

see horn

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English Language Learners Definition of horny

: made of horn (sense 1c) or a similar substance
: hard and tough
informal : sexually excited


\ ˈhȯr-nē How to pronounce horny (audio) \
hornier; horniest

Kids Definition of horny

1 : made of horn
2 : hard and rough horny hands


\ ˈhȯr-nē How to pronounce horny (audio) \
hornier; horniest

Medical Definition of horny

1a : composed of or resembling tough fibrous material consisting chiefly of keratin : keratinous horny tissue after the horny material has been…cut away— Morris Fishbein
b : being hard or callused horny-handed
2 : having horns

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