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[hawr-nee] /ˈhɔr ni/
adjective, hornier, horniest.
consisting of a horn or a hornlike substance; corneous.
having a horn or horns or hornlike projections; horned.
hornlike as a result of hardening; callous:
horny hands.
Slang: Vulgar.
  1. lustful.
  2. sexually excited.
Archaic. semiopaque or somewhat translucent, like horn.
Origin of horny
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at horn, -y1
Related forms
hornily, adverb
horniness, noun Unabridged
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adjective hornier, horniest
of, like, or hard as horn
having a horn or horns
  1. sexually aroused
  2. provoking or intended to provoke sexual arousal
  3. sexually eager or lustful
Derived Forms
hornily, adverb
horniness, noun
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Word Origin and History for horniness



"lustful, sexually aroused," definitely in use 1889, perhaps attested as early as 1863; from late 18c. slang expression to have the horn, suggestive of male sexual excitement (but eventually applied to women as well); see horn (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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horniness in Medicine

horny horn·y (hôr'nē)
adj. horn·i·er, horn·i·est

  1. Made of horn or a similar substance.

  2. Tough and calloused, as of skin.

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Slang definitions & phrases for horniness



Sexual craving; lust and lustfulness; hot rocks: the lure of High Art to mask the visceral odors of simple human horniness (1960s+)



Sexually excited and desirous; keenly amorous; lustful; hot •Of recent years applied to women as well as men, despite being derived fr horn, ''erect penis'': his horny teen-age daughter/ At first it eased my head and made me less horny/ a few scenes between a horny housewife and a guy in a Lone Ranger mask (1889+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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