- 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
Related Words for honiedmull, stimulate, fascinate, tantalize, captivate, motivate, induce, seduce, woo, persuade, charm, attract, intrigue, dare, invite, skulk, crouch, cringe, flinch, recoil
Examples from the Web for honied
Historical Examples of 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
Word Origin for honey
- flattering or soothing
- made sweet or agreeablehoneyed words
- of, full of, or resembling honey
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.