noun Informal.

Origin of hon

First recorded in 1905–10; shortened form of honey



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Contemporary Examples of hon

Historical Examples of hon

  • Tarian a gymmerai Arthur ar ei Ysgwydd, yr hon a elwid Prydwen.

    Y Gododin


  • "Steady, hon," he said, as soon as he could lift her tear-streaked face from his shoulder.

    Masters of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • Gabel gwi blow his hon an sinners better be a-moanin an a-prayin.

    Dixie After the War

    Myrta Lockett Avary

  • For the first time in forty years, hon, I haven't got the shakes—look at me!

  • "Sure I'm glad to see you, hon," she said, trying to look past him at the speaker.

    At the Post

    Horace Leonard Gold

British Dictionary definitions for hon


abbreviation for



abbreviation for

Honourable (title)
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Word Origin and History for hon

1721 as short for honorable; 1906 as short for honey in the affectionate sense.

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