What does honey mean?

Definitions for honey
ˈhʌn ihon·ey

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word honey.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. honeynoun

    a sweet yellow liquid produced by bees

  2. beloved, dear, dearest, honey, loveadjective

    a beloved person; used as terms of endearment

  3. honeyverb

    of something having the color of honey

  4. honeyverb

    sweeten with honey

Wiktionary

  1. honeynoun

    A viscous, sweet fluid produced from plant nectar by bees. Often used to sweeten tea or to spread on baked goods.

    Etymology: 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’).

  2. honeynoun

    A variety of this substance.

    Etymology: 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’).

  3. honeynoun

    Something sweet or desirable.

    Etymology: 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’).

  4. honeynoun

    A term of affection.

    Honey, would you take out the trash?

    Etymology: 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’).

  5. honeynoun

    A woman, especially an attractive one.

    Man, there are some fine honeys here tonight!

    Etymology: 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’).

  6. honeyadjective

    Describing a thing involving or resembling honey.

    Etymology: 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’).

  7. honeyadjective

    A spectrum of pale yellow to brownish-yellow colour, like that of most types of honey.

    Etymology: 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’).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Honeynoun

    a sweet viscid fluid, esp. that collected by bees from flowers of plants, and deposited in the cells of the honeycomb

    Etymology: [OE. honi, huni, AS. hunig; akin to OS. honeg, D. & G. honig, OHG. honag, honang, Icel. hunang, Sw. hning, Dan. honning, cf. Gr. ko`nis dust, Skr. kaa grain.]

  2. Honeynoun

    that which is sweet or pleasant, like honey

    Etymology: [OE. honi, huni, AS. hunig; akin to OS. honeg, D. & G. honig, OHG. honag, honang, Icel. hunang, Sw. hning, Dan. honning, cf. Gr. ko`nis dust, Skr. kaa grain.]

  3. Honeynoun

    sweet one; -- a term of endearment

    Etymology: [OE. honi, huni, AS. hunig; akin to OS. honeg, D. & G. honig, OHG. honag, honang, Icel. hunang, Sw. hning, Dan. honning, cf. Gr. ko`nis dust, Skr. kaa grain.]

  4. Honeyverb

    to be gentle, agreeable, or coaxing; to talk fondly; to use endearments; also, to be or become obsequiously courteous or complimentary; to fawn

    Etymology: [OE. honi, huni, AS. hunig; akin to OS. honeg, D. & G. honig, OHG. honag, honang, Icel. hunang, Sw. hning, Dan. honning, cf. Gr. ko`nis dust, Skr. kaa grain.]

  5. Honeyverb

    to make agreeable; to cover or sweeten with, or as with, honey

    Etymology: [OE. honi, huni, AS. hunig; akin to OS. honeg, D. & G. honig, OHG. honag, honang, Icel. hunang, Sw. hning, Dan. honning, cf. Gr. ko`nis dust, Skr. kaa grain.]

Freebase

  1. Honey

    Honey is a sweet food made by bees using nectar from flowers. The variety produced by honey bees is the one most commonly referred to, as it is the type of honey collected by beekeepers and consumed by humans. Honey produced by other bees and insects has distinctly different properties. Honey bees transform nectar into honey by a process of regurgitation and evaporation. They store it as a primary food source in wax honeycombs inside the beehive. Honey gets its sweetness from the monosaccharides fructose and glucose, and has approximately the same relative sweetness as that of granulated sugar. It has attractive chemical properties for baking and a distinctive flavor that leads some people to prefer it over sugar and other sweeteners. Most microorganisms do not grow in honey because of its low water activity of 0.6. However, honey sometimes contains dormant endospores of the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which can be dangerous to infants, as the endospores can transform into toxin-producing bacteria in infants' immature intestinal tracts, leading to illness and even death. Honey has a long history of human consumption, and is used in various foods and beverages as a sweetener and flavoring. It also has a role in religion and symbolism. Flavors of honey vary based on the nectar source, and various types and grades of honey are available. It is also used in various medicinal traditions to treat ailments. The study of pollens and spores in raw honey can determine floral sources of honey. Bees carry an electrostatic charge whereby they attract other particles in addition to pollen, which become incorporated into their honey; the honey can be analysed by the techniques of melissopalynology in area environmental studies of radioactive particles, dust and particulate pollution.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Honey

    hun′i, n. a sweet, thick fluid collected by bees from the flowers of plants: anything sweet like honey.—v.t. to sweeten: to make agreeable:—pr.p. hon′eying; pa.p. hon′eyed (-′id).adj. (Shak.) sweet.—ns. Hon′ey-bag, an enlargement of the alimentary canal of the bee in which it carries its load of honey; Hon′eybear, a South American carnivorous mammal about the size of a cat, with a long protrusive tongue, which it uses to rob the nests of wild bees; Hon′ey-bee, the hive-bee; Hon′ey-buzz′ard, a genus of buzzards or falcons, so called from their feeding on bees, wasps, &c.; Hon′eycomb, a comb or mass of waxy cells formed by bees, in which they store their honey: anything like a honeycomb.—v.t. to fill with cells: to perforate.—adj. Hon′eycombed (-kōmd), formed like a honeycomb.—ns. Hon′ey-crock (Spens.), a crock or pot of honey; Hon′eydew, a sugary secretion from the leaves of plants in hot weather: a fine sort of tobacco moistened with molasses.—adjs. Hon′eyed, Hon′ied, covered with honey: sweet: flattering; Hon′eyless, destitute of honey.—ns. Hon′ey-guide, -indicator, a genus of African birds supposed to guide men to honey by hopping from tree to tree with a peculiar cry; Hon′ey-lō′cust, an ornamental North American tree; Hon′eymoon, Hon′eymonth, the first month after marriage, commonly spent in travelling, before settling down to the business of life.—v.i. to keep one's honeymoon.—adj. Hon′ey-mouthed, having a honeyed mouth or speech: soft or smooth in speech.—ns. Hon′ey-stalk, prob. the flower of the clover; Hon′ey-suck′er, a large family of Australian birds; Hon′eysuckle, a climbing shrub with beautiful cream-coloured flowers, so named because honey is readily sucked from the flower.—adjs. Hon′ey-sweet, sweet as honey; Hon′ey-tongued, having a honeyed tongue or speech: soft or pleasing in speech.—Virgin honey, honey that flows of itself from the comb; Wild honey, honey made by wild bees. [A.S. hunig; Ger. honig, Ice. hunang.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Honey

    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.

CrunchBase

  1. Honey

    Honey is an enterprise social network that improves information sharing in the workplace. It's a beautiful intranet that people actually want to use to discover, discuss and archive information that matters. Hundreds of companies are using Honey to share knowledge and increase employee engagement.Honey was founded in 2012 and incubated at Huge Labs with funding from Interpublic Group. It is operated by Front & Main LLC in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

Rap Dictionary

  1. honeynoun

    Female, generally attractive. 2003 Hip-Hop Motion Picture with Jessica Alba, Mekhi Phifer, Missy Elliott, Ginuwine, Jadakiss, etc.

Editors Contribution

  1. honey

    A type of food and product.

    Honey is created, produced and processed on a global scale.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 2, 2016  
  2. honey

    A type of food created and produced by a variety of bees and other insects.

    Honey is produced by bumblebees, stingless bees, and other hymenopteran insects such as honey wasps, though the quantity is generally lower and they have different properties compared with honey from the genus Apis.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 2, 2016  

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    Rank popularity for the word 'honey' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4596

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'honey' in Nouns Frequency: #2875

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of honey in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of honey in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of honey in a Sentence

  1. Lisa Drayer:

    Look at the ingredients list, if sugar or any one of the following terms are listed high on the label, you want to avoid that food: corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, agave, honey, molasses, and anything ending in 'ose'; dextrose, fructose and sucrose are all code words for sugar.

  2. Don Cherry:

    You people ... that come here, whatever it is, you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you could pay a couple of bucks for poppies or something like that. These guys paid for your way of life, that you enjoy in Canada.

  3. Chuzy:

    Respect people with honey,they must have had their fair share of bee stings

  4. Sadie Robertson:

    We’ve seen Honey a few times, especially Lisa, she's such a baby nut, so every opportunity she has to make a lasagna or take something to their house, she's over there so she can hug all on our little wonder woman.

  5. Maitri Upanishads:

    The honey from the flowers of the senses, Ever present within, ruler of time, Goes beyond fear. For this Self is Supreme

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