- The definition of a hone is a fine grained, very hard stone which is used to sharpen cutting tools.
An example of hone is what a chef would use to sharpen their best knife.
- Hone is defined as to sharpen or make something more effective.
An example of hone is a basketball player perfecting their dunk shot before a big game.
Origin of honeMiddle English ; from Old English han, a stone, akin to Old Norse hein, a hone ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ko(i)-, to sharpen, whet from source Classical Latin cos, whetstone, cotes, sharp rock, Classical Greek kōnos, cone
intransitive verbhoned, honing
- to yearn; long
- to grumble; moan
Origin of honeMiddle English honen ; from Norman French honer ; from Old French houir, to disgrace (; from Frankish an unverified form haunjan, to scorn, insult, akin to Old English hean, wretched) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kau-, to humiliate from source Latvian kauns, disgrace; sense influenced, influence by Old French hognier, to grumble, probably of echoic origin, originally
- A fine-grained whetstone for giving a keen edge to a cutting tool.
- A tool with a rotating abrasive tip for enlarging holes to precise dimensions.
transitive verbhoned honed, hon·ing, hones
- To sharpen on a fine-grained whetstone.
- To perfect or make more intense or effective: a speaker who honed her delivery by long practice.
Origin of honeMiddle English, from Old English hān, stone; see kō- in Indo-European roots. Hone in, alteration of home in.
intransitive verbhoned honed, hon·ing, hones Informal
- To whine or moan.
- To hanker; yearn.
Origin of honeObsolete French hoigner, from Old French, perhaps from hon, cry of discontent.
(third-person singular simple present hones, present participle honing, simple past and past participle honed)
From Middle English hon ‘whetstone’, from Old English hān, from Proto-Germanic *hainō (compare Dutch heen, Norwegian hein), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱeh₃i- ‘to sharpen’ (compare Greek κώνος (kónos) ‘cone’, Persian sān ‘whetstone’).
Compare Icelandic word for "a knob".