Origin of horned
- a wind instrument, originally formed from the hollow horn of an animal but now usually made of brass or other metal or plastic.
- French horn.
- a tube of varying cross section used in some loudspeakers to couple the diaphragm to the sound-transmitting space.
- Slang.a loudspeaker.
verb (used with object)
Origin of horn
Related Words for hornedacute, pointed, smack, collide, shove, keen, salient, fine, tapering, peaked, barbed, piercing, acuminate, jagged, honed, gnawing, shooting, serrated, tined
Examples from the Web for horned
Contemporary Examples of horned
And so, the horned god became Satan—and others in his demonic retinue.Meet Krampus, the Seriously Bad Santa
December 5, 2014
The male Wiccan god is given horns, representing the horned animals that ancient humans hunted.‘Gods of Suburbia’: Dina Goldstein’s Arresting Photo Series on Religion vs. Consumerism
November 8, 2014
Historical Examples of horned
If I am to be horned like a bull, I'll use those same horns.The Strolling Saint
A horned toad is a good example for us to work out in this department.Taxidermy
Leon Luther Pray
Don't look any more like Clayte than it does like a horned toad.The Million-Dollar Suitcase
Sweetbreads are made in Chicago of the pancreases of horned cattle.A Book of Burlesques
H. L. Mencken
A horned owl, with eyes like auntie's when she looks "'stonished."Prudy Keeping House
- the constituent substance, mainly keratin, of horns, hooves, etc
- (in combination)horn-rimmed spectacles
- a device for producing a warning or signalling noise
- (in combination)a foghorn
- Also called: acoustic horn, exponential horna hollow conical device coupled to the diaphragm of a gramophone to control the direction and quality of the sound
- any such device used to spread or focus sound, such as the device attached to an electrical loudspeaker in a public address system
- Also called: horn antennaa microwave aerial, formed by flaring out the end of a waveguide
- to suppress or control one's feelings, esp of anger, enthusiasm, or passion
- to withdraw a previous statement
- to economize
- in a situation involving a choice between two equally unpalatable alternatives
- in an awkward situation
Word Origin for horn
Old English horn "horn of an animal," also "wind instrument" (originally made from animal horns), from Proto-Germanic *hurnaz (cf. German Horn, Dutch horen, Gothic haurn), from PIE *ker- "horn; head, uppermost part of the body," with derivatives refering to horned animals, horn-shaped objects and projecting parts (cf. Greek karnon "horn," Latin cornu "horn," Sanskrit srngam "horn," Persian sar "head," Avestan sarah- "head," Greek koryphe "head," Latin cervus "deer," Welsh carw "deer"). Reference to car horns is first recorded 1901. Figurative senses of Latin cornu included "salient point, chief argument; wing, flank; power, courage, strength." Jazz slang sense of "trumpet" is by 1921. Meaning "telephone" is by 1945.
1690s, "to furnish with horns," from horn (n.). Earlier in figurative sense of "to cuckold" (1540s). Meaning "to push with the horns" (of cattle, buffalo, etc.) is from 1851, American English; phrase horn in "intrude" is by 1880, American English, originally cowboy slang.
In addition to the idioms beginning with horn
- horn in on
- horns of a dilemma, on the
- blow one's own horn
- lock horns
- pull in one's horns
- take the bull by the horns