Share this entry

Share this page

honey

Line breaks: honey
Pronunciation: /ˈhʌni
 
/

Definition of honey in English:

noun (plural honeys)

1 [mass noun] A sweet, sticky yellowish-brown fluid made by bees and other insects from nectar collected from flowers.
Example sentences
  • I was intrigued with how they gathered pollen and nectar from flowers to make honey.
  • The chimps spend about six hours a day looking for food and have a varied diet of leaves, fruits, insects, honey and even fungi.
  • Instead, they make honey from the nectar they drink from nectar-making flowers.
1.1A yellowish-brown or golden colour: [as modifier]: her honey skin
More example sentences
  • From here he could already see the tiny beads of sweat beginning to accumulate across her brow and collar bone, making her soft golden honey skin glisten in the light.
  • There were sarongs that brought out Rachel's eyes, sarongs that matched her hair, even a few that matched the subtle honey undertones in her skin.
  • Inside, what was a somewhat dark and sombre building has been opened up to the light, its stone restored to its original honey colour, its doors widened, its access hugely improved.
1.2Any sweet substance similar to bees' honey.
2 informal An excellent example of something: it’s one honey of an adaptation
More example sentences
  • I swapped my extra ticket for a honey of an orange cruiser bike that will be meeting me there.
  • It was a honey of a book.
  • Fontecchio is famous for his pies, and the blueberry, peach, pumpkin, and cherry are honeys.
2.1An attractive girl: she’s a little honey
More example sentences
  • If you want to attract all the beach honeys, you'll need the right swimsuit, hat and shoes to make her swim your way.
  • Do you want to win friends, influence people, and meet the honey of your dreams?
  • But the first lady that took the lead was a blonde, and boy, was she a honey.
2.2Darling; sweetheart (usually as a form of address): hi, honey!
More example sentences
  • I hate it when people call you darling, sweetheart, honey, sweetie.
  • Whenever he's actually being serious about something, he uses my real name or the occasional honey or darling.
  • ‘Love you too, honey,’ Beau said sarcastically before turning to Anica with a sigh.

Origin

Old English hunig, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch honig and German Honig.

Words that rhyme with honey

bunny, dunny, funny, gunny, money, runny, sonny, sunny, tunny

Definition of honey in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkəmbərsəm
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…