EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective, horn·i·er, horn·i·est. consisting of a horn or a hornlike substance; corneous. having a horn or horns or hornlike projections; horned. hornlike as a result of hardening; callous: horny hands. . Slang: Vulgar lustful. sexually excited. . Archaic semiopaque or somewhat translucent, like horn. Origin of horny Middle English
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-y 1 Related forms horn·i·ly, adverb horn·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for horniness Contemporary Examples of horniness British Dictionary definitions for horniness adjective hornier or horniest of, like, or hard as horn having a horn or horns slang sexually aroused provoking or intended to provoke sexual arousal sexually eager or lustful Derived Forms hornily, adverb horniness, noun
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Word Origin and History for horniness adj.
"lustful, sexually aroused," definitely in use 1889, perhaps attested as early as 1863; from late 18c. slang expression
to have the horn, suggestive of male sexual excitement (but eventually applied to women as well); see horn (n.).
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adj. Made of horn or a similar substance. Tough and calloused, as of skin.
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