or hon·ied



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 formshon·eyed·ly, adverbhon·eyed·ness, nounun·hon·eyed, adjective



noun, plural hon·eys.

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), hon·eyed or hon·ied, hon·ey·ing.

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), hon·eyed or hon·ied, hon·ey·ing.

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

before 900; Middle English hony, Old English hunig; cognate with Dutch, German honig, Old Norse hunang; akin to Greek knēkós pale yellow, tawny
Related formshon·ey·ful, adjectivehon·ey·less, adjectivehon·ey·like, adjective
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Related Words for honeyed

flattering, ingratiating, cajoling, candied, dulcet, sugary

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British Dictionary definitions for honeyed



adjective poetic

flattering or soothing
made sweet or agreeablehoneyed words
of, full of, or resembling honey
Derived Formshoneyedly or 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 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

verb honeys, honeying, honeyed or honied

(tr) to sweeten with or as if with honey
(often foll by up) to talk to (someone) in a fond or flattering way
Derived Formshoney-like, adjective

Word Origin for honey

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.

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