[ hawr-nee ]
/ ˈhɔr ni /

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.
  1. lustful.
  2. sexually excited.
Archaic. semiopaque or somewhat translucent, like horn.

Origin of horny

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at horn, -y1
Related formshorn·i·ly, adverbhorn·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for horniness


/ (ˈhɔːnɪ) /

adjective hornier or horniest

of, like, or hard as horn
having a horn or horns
  1. sexually aroused
  2. provoking or intended to provoke sexual arousal
  3. sexually eager or lustful
Derived Formshornily, adverbhorniness, noun
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Word Origin and History for horniness



"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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Medicine definitions for horniness


[ hôrnē ]


Made of horn or a similar substance.
Tough and calloused, as of skin.
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