- containing, consisting of, or resembling honey: honeyed drinks.
- flattering or ingratiating: honeyed words.
- pleasantly soft; dulcet or mellifluous: honeyed tones.
Origin of honeyed
- 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 honeyed
Take, for instance, the honeyed words of Jim Bunning (R-KY).We Salute You, Ted Stevens!
November 20, 2008
On that, the brute inquired with honeyed accents where they were staying.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
I can see through your game, I see you want to come it over me with your honeyed words.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
Now and again you threw me flowers, not half so honeyed as your smiles.Molly Bawn
Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
In vain was the blushing cheek averted, and the honeyed lips.
"Yes," said Abe, spitting the seeds out from a mouthful of honeyed pulp.The Red Acorn
- flattering or soothing
- made sweet or agreeablehoneyed words
- of, full of, or resembling honey
- 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 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.