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English Edit

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A jar of honey, with a honey dipper and scones

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Etymology Edit

From Middle English hony, honi, from Old English huniġ, from Proto-West Germanic *hunag, from Proto-Germanic *hunagą (compare West Frisian hunich, German Honig), from earlier *hunangą (compare Swedish honung), from Proto-Indo-European *kn̥h₂onk-o-s, from *kn̥h₂ónks.

Cognate with Middle Welsh canecon (gold), Latin canicae pl (bran), Tocharian B kronkśe (bee), Albanian qengjë (beehive), Ancient Greek κνῆκος (knêkos, safflower), Northern Kurdish şan (beehive), Northern Luri گونج(gonj, Bee), Finnish hunaja.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈhʌni/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʌni
  • Hyphenation: hon‧ey

Noun Edit

honey (usually uncountable, plural honeys or (archaic) honies)

  1. (uncountable) A viscous, sweet fluid produced from plant nectar by bees. Often used to sweeten tea or to spread on baked goods.
    The honey in the pot should last for years.
  2. (countable) A variety of this substance.
    • 1908, United States. Bureau of Chemistry, Bulletin[1], numbers 110-114:
      The physical properties of the different honeys, color, granulation, aroma, flavor, etc., are indicated in the table only in a very general way.
    • 1949, Roy A. Grout, editor, The Hive and the Honey Bee[2]:
      If two of the California honeys, western hyssop and fleabane, having a positive polarization at 200 C. are disregarded, then the remaining...
    • 2011, Stephen Taylor, Advances in Food and Nutrition Research[3], volume 62:
      Eucalyptus honeys could be characterized based on seven volatile compounds, whereas lavender honeys had only five...
  3. (rare) Nectar.
  4. (figurative) Something sweet or desirable.
  5. A term of affection.
    Honey, would you take out the trash?
    Honey, I'm home.
    • 2013 July 30, Dan Shive, El Goonish Shive (webcomic), Comic for Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013:
      "So far, so good... are you doing okay?" "Flying... is awesome!" "Focus, honey."
  6. (countable, informal) A woman, especially an attractive one.
    Man, there are some fine honeys here tonight!
    • 2006, Noire [pseudonym], Thug-A-Licious: An Urban Erotic Tale, New York, N.Y.: One World/Ballantine Books, page 130:
      College was wild. I was like a happy little white kid playing in a sandbox full of toys. Honeys, basketball, music, I indulged in all of that shit to the max. And oh yeah. I went to a couple of classes too. I wasn't totally ass-out stupid.
  7. A spectrum of pale yellow to brownish-yellow colour, like that of most types of (the sweet substance) honey.

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  • Japanese: ハニー (hanī)
  • Jarai: ia hơni
  • Marshallese: ōne
  • Sranan Tongo: oni
  • Tok Pisin: hani

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honey (not comparable)

  1. Involving or resembling honey.
  2. Of a pale yellow to brownish-yellow colour, like most types of honey.

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honey (third-person singular simple present honeys, present participle honeying, simple past and past participle honeyed)

  1. (transitive) To sweeten; to make agreeable.
  2. (transitive) To add honey to.
  3. (intransitive) To be gentle, agreeable, or coaxing; to talk fondly; to use endearments.
  4. (intransitive) To be or become obsequiously courteous or complimentary; to fawn.

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