Definitions for honeyˈhʌn i
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
(n.)a sweet viscid fluid produced by bees from the nectar collected from flowers and stored in nests or hives as food.
this substance as used in cooking or as a spread or sweetener.
the nectar of flowers.
any of various similarly sweet viscid products produced by insects or in other ways.
something sweet, delicious, or delightful:
the honey of flattery.
Informal. sweetheart; darling. (sometimes cap.) an affectionate or familiar term of address (sometimes offensive when used to strangers, subordinates, etc.).
Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal, Sexuality
Informal. something especially good of its kind:
a honey of a car.
(adj.)of or like honey; sweet.
(v.t.)to talk flatteringly or endearingly to (often fol. by up).
to sweeten or flavor with or as if with honey.
(v.i.)to use flattery, endearing terms, etc., in an effort to obtain something (often fol. by up).
* Usage: Definition 6b is an affectionate term of address used to a child, sweetheart, etc. However, when used in the workplace or in social interactions with strangers, it is sometimes perceived as insulting or intrusive.
Origin of honey:
bef. 900; ME hony, OE hunig, c. OS honeg, -ig, OHG hona(n)g, ON hunang
a sweet yellow liquid produced by bees
beloved, dear, dearest, honey, love(adj)
a beloved person; used as terms of endearment
of something having the color of honey
sweeten with honey
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
the sweet edible substance produced by bees
toast and honey
used to address sb you love
Honey, could you help me?
A viscous, sweet fluid produced from plant nectar by bees. Often used to sweeten tea or to spread on baked goods.
A variety of this substance.
Something sweet or desirable.
A term of affection.
Honey, would you take out the trash?
A woman, especially an attractive one.
Man, there are some fine honeys here tonight!
Describing a thing involving or resembling honey.
A spectrum of pale yellow to brownish-yellow colour, like that of most types of honey.
Origin: honig, from hunig, from hunagan (cf. hunich, Honig), from earlier (cf. honung), from pre-Germanic , from kh₂ónks (gen. ) (cf. Middle Welsh canecon ‘gold’, Latin (pl.) canicæ ‘bran’, Tocharian B kronkśe ‘bee’, Albanian qengjë ‘beehive’, Ancient Greek κνηκός ‘pale yellow’).
a sweet viscid fluid, esp. that collected by bees from flowers of plants, and deposited in the cells of the honeycomb
that which is sweet or pleasant, like honey
sweet one; -- a term of endearment
to be gentle, agreeable, or coaxing; to talk fondly; to use endearments; also, to be or become obsequiously courteous or complimentary; to fawn
to make agreeable; to cover or sweeten with, or as with, honey
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A sweet viscous liquid food, produced in the honey sacs of various bees from nectar collected from flowers. The nectar is ripened into honey by inversion of its sucrose sugar into fructose and glucose. It is somewhat acidic and has mild antiseptic properties, being sometimes used in the treatment of burns and lacerations.
Translations for honey
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a sweet, thick fluid made by bees from the nectar of flowers
bread and honey.
- melPortuguese (BR)
- der HonigGerman
- 蜂蜜Chinese (Trad.)
- mật ong; mậtVietnamese
- 蜂蜜Chinese (Simp.)
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