- 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
- containing, consisting of, or resembling honey: honeyed drinks.
- flattering or ingratiating: honeyed words.
- pleasantly soft; dulcet or mellifluous: honeyed tones.
Origin of honeyed
Examples from the Web for honied
It was like rolling the honied tang of a cordial beneath his tongue.The Wall Between
Sara Ware Bassett
But, as we have seen, honied is found in Milton; and Shakespeare also uses it in Hen.Select Poems of Thomas Gray
One would have said he had watched the honied meals of many butterflies.The Passionate Elopement
Why have I listened to the honied silver of your seducing accents?
"That gown is perfect on you," she remarked in honied accents.Life and Gabriella
- a variant spelling of honeyed
- 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
- flattering or soothing
- made sweet or agreeablehoneyed words
- of, full of, or resembling honey
Word Origin and History for honied
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.