- The definition of honey is something sweet or sticky.
An example of a honey consistency is brown rice syrup.
- Honey is defined as the sweet syrupy substance made by bees from flower nectar, or a term of endearment.
- An example of honey is the liquid many people use to sweeten their tea.
- An example of honey is how a wife might refer to her husband; "my honey."
- Honey means to flatter or speak sweetly to someone.
An example of honey is complimenting someone so they will do something for you.
A pot of honey.
- a thick, sweet, syrupy substance that bees make as food from the nectar of flowers and store in honeycombs
- anything like honey in texture, color, etc.
- sweet quality; sweetness
- sweet one; darling; dear: often a term of affectionate address
- ☆ Informal something pleasing or excellent of its kind: a honey of an idea
Origin of honeyMiddle English honi, hunig ; from Old English hunig, akin to German honig (OHG honang) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kenekó-, honey-yellow from source Sanskrit kāñcana-, golden
- of or like honey
- sweet; dear
transitive verbhoneyed or honied, honeying
- to make sweet or pleasant as with honey
- to speak sweetly or lovingly to
- to flatter
- a. A sweet yellowish or brownish viscid fluid produced by various bees from the nectar of flowers and used as food.b. A similar substance made by certain other insects.
- A sweet substance, such as nectar or syrup.
- Sweetness; pleasantness: “The first few years could not have been all honey” (Nadine Gordimer).
- Informal Sweetheart; dear. Used as a term of endearment.
- Informal Something remarkably fine: a honey of a car.
transitive verbhon·eyed or hon·ied , hon·ey·ing, hon·eys
- To sweeten with honey; add honey to.
- To make pleasant or appealing: His words were honeyed as he spoke.
- To give a yellow or golden color to.
Origin of honeyMiddle English honi, from Old English hunig.
(usually uncountable, plural honeys)
- (uncountable) A viscous, sweet fluid produced from plant nectar by bees. Often used to sweeten tea or to spread on baked goods.
- (countable) A variety of this substance.
- (figuratively) Something sweet or desirable.
- (non-gloss definition, A term of affection.)
- Honey, would you take out the trash?
- Honey, I'm home.
- (countable, informal) A woman, especially an attractive one.
- Man, there are some fine honeys here tonight!
- A spectrum of pale yellow to brownish-yellow colour, like that of most types of (the sweet substance) honey.
(comparative more honey, superlative most honey)
- Describing a thing involving or resembling honey.
- A spectrum of pale yellow to brownish-yellow colour, like that of most types of honey.
(third-person singular simple present honeys, present participle honeying, simple past and past participle honeyed)
- To be gentle, agreeable, or coaxing; to talk fondly; to use endearments.
- To be or become obsequiously courteous or complimentary; to fawn.
Middle English hony, honi, from Old English huniġ, from Proto-Germanic *hunagą (compare West Frisian hunich, German Honig), from earlier *hunangą (compare Swedish honung), from pre-Germanic *kn̥h₂onkós, from Proto-Indo-European *kh₂ónks (gen. *kn̥h₂kós) (compare Middle Welsh canecon (“gold”), Latin (pl.) canicae (“bran”), Tocharian B kronkśe (“bee”), Albanian qengjë (“beehive”), Ancient Greek κνηκός (knēkós, “pale yellow”)), Kurdish şan (“beehive”).