- 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. a person for whom one feels love or deep affection; sweetheart; darling.
- (sometimes initial capital letter) an affectionate or familiar term of address, as to a child or romantic partner (sometimes offensive when used to strangers, casual acquaintances, subordinates, etc., especially by a male to a female).
- Informal. something of especially high quality, degree of excellence, etc.: That's a honey of a computer.
- of, like, or pertaining to honey; sweet.
- containing honey or flavored or sweetened with honey.
- Informal. to talk flatteringly or endearingly to (often followed by up).
- to sweeten or flavor with or as if with honey.
- Informal. to use flattery, endearing terms, etc., in an effort to obtain something (often followed by up): They always got what they wanted by honeying up to their grandfather.
Origin of honey
Examples from the Web for honey
Ancient Romans exchanged gifts of figs and honey and would make sure to work part of the day as a good omen for the coming year.New Year’s Eve, Babylon Style
December 31, 2014
Maybe our dear bear should sit quietly, not chase piglets and just eat berries and honey.After His Disastrous Annual Press Conference, Putin Needs A Hug
December 18, 2014
We can thank Lisa Kudrow for the rise of celeb reality TV—Real Housewives, the Kardashians, Honey Boo Boo and its ilk.How Lisa Kudrow Pulled Off TV’s Ultimate ‘Comeback’
November 6, 2014
Still, not everything has been milk and honey when it comes to trans issues in the Holy Land.
As quickly as Honey Boo Boo came, there she goes—even more quickly.The Shocking Rise and Fall of ‘Honey Boo Boo’
October 24, 2014
What mattered it that the honey of it was as ashes in her mouth?Within the Law
We shall find flowers as large as trees, fruits sweeter than honey.The Dream
"It's not the least mite I'm blaming you, honey," said Katy.Her Father's Daughter
Was he loaded with millet-seed on one side and honey on the other?Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
The waitress had brought the tea and bread and honey, and they waited until she had gone.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
- a sweet viscid substance made by bees from nectar and stored in their nests or hives as food. It is spread on bread or used as a sweetening agent
- any similar sweet substance, esp the nectar of flowers
- anything that is sweet or delightful
- (often capital) mainly US and Canadian a term of endearment
- informal, mainly US and Canadian something considered to be very good of its kinda honey of a car
- (modifier) of, concerned with, or resembling honey
- (tr) to sweeten with or as if with honey
- (often foll by up) to talk to (someone) in a fond or flattering way
Word Origin and History for honey
Old English hunig, from Proto-Germanic *hunagam- (cf. Old Norse hunang, Swedish honung, Old Saxon huneg, Old Frisian hunig, Middle Dutch honich, Dutch honig, Old High German honang, German Honig "honey"); perhaps from PIE *k(e)neko- "yellow, golden" (cf. Sanskrit kancanum, Welsh canecon "gold"). The more common Indo-European word is represented by Gothic miliþ (from PIE *melith "honey;" see Melissa). A term of endearment from at least mid-14c. Meaning "anything good of its kind" is 1888, American English.
mid-14c., from honey (n.). Related: Honeyed; honeying.