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or honied

[huhn-eed] /ˈhʌn id/
containing, consisting of, or resembling honey:
honeyed drinks.
flattering or ingratiating:
honeyed words.
pleasantly soft; dulcet or mellifluous:
honeyed tones.
Origin of honeyed
First recorded in 1325-75, honeyed is from the Middle English word honyede. See honey, -ed3
Related forms
honeyedly, adverb
honeyedness, noun
unhoneyed, adjective


[huhn-ee] /ˈhʌn i/
noun, plural honeys.
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.
verb (used with object), honeyed or honied, honeying.
Informal. to talk flatteringly or endearingly to (often followed by up).
to sweeten or flavor with or as if with honey.
verb (used without object), honeyed or honied, honeying.
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.
before 900; Middle English hony, Old English hunig; cognate with Dutch, German honig, Old Norse hunang; akin to Greek knēkós pale yellow, tawny
Related forms
honeyful, adjective
honeyless, adjective
honeylike, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for honeyed
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  • At first he used his arts of blandishment and honeyed words in order to lure Savonarola to Rome.

    Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7) John Addington Symonds
  • "It was so kind of you not to send me away, Mr. Treadwell," she said in honeyed accents.

    Virginia Ellen Glasgow
  • The odorous breeze, scented with honeyed clover and the perfume of roses, grew languid in its sweetness, and presently died away.

    Bee and Butterfly Lucy Foster Madison
  • Over all was the glare of arclights, and the flutter of honeyed tongues.

    Nights in London Thomas Burke
  • Rupert's honeyed tones, his grasp of Madeleine's hand were more unbearable even than the words.

    The Light of Scarthey Egerton Castle
  • He kept his honeyed phrase to himself, however, for she was not heeding him.

    A Voice in the Wilderness Grace Livingston Hill
  • Her simple charm and quiet smile gave us a welcome beyond that of honeyed oratory; forgotten was our difficult, dusty trip.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • On that, the brute inquired with honeyed accents where they were staying.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • There is nothing about "Cupid's arrow," or "Dian's wit;" no honeyed word escapes his lips,—nor again does any accent of despair.

British Dictionary definitions for honeyed


adjective (poetic)
flattering or soothing
made sweet or agreeable: honeyed words
of, full of, or resembling honey
Derived Forms
honeyedly, honiedly, adverb


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 & Canadian) a term of endearment
(informal, mainly US & Canadian) something considered to be very good of its kind: a honey of a car
(modifier) of, concerned with, or resembling honey
verb honeys, honeying, honeyed, honied
(transitive) to sweeten with or as if with honey
(often foll by up) to talk to (someone) in a fond or flattering way
Derived Forms
honey-like, adjective
Word Origin
Old English huneg; related to Old Norse hunang, Old Saxon hanig, German Honig, Greek knēkos yellowish, Sanskrit kánaka- gold
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Word Origin and History for honeyed



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.



mid-14c., from honey (n.). Related: Honeyed; honeying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for honeyed



  1. One's sweetheart, beloved, spouse, etc (1880+)
  2. Any pleasant, decent person; pussycat, sweetie (1880+)
  3. A person or thing that is remarkable, wonderful, superior, etc; dilly, humdinger: Ain't this a honey of a show? (1888+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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