hornier; horniest
1
a
: 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 + -y entry 1]
a
: desiring sexual gratification
horny teenagers
b
: excited sexually
horniness noun

Example Sentences

in her view, “teenage boys are perpetually horny
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Word History

Etymology

see horn

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of horny was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

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

Kids Definition

horny

adjective
hornier; horniest
1
: made of horn or of something resembling horn
2
: hard entry 1 sense 1, callous
horny hands

Medical Definition

horny

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