Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sweet yellowish or brownish viscid fluid produced by various bees from the nectar of flowers and used as food.
  • n. A similar substance made by certain other insects.
  • n. A sweet substance, such as nectar.
  • n. Sweetness; pleasantness.
  • n. Sugary or ingratiating words; flattery.
  • n. Informal Sweetheart; dear. Used as a term of endearment.
  • n. Informal Something remarkably fine: a honey of a car.
  • transitive v. To sweeten with or as if with honey.
  • transitive v. To cajole with sweet talk.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A viscous, sweet fluid produced from plant nectar by bees. Often used to sweeten tea or to spread on baked goods.
  • n. A variety of this substance.
  • n. Something sweet or desirable.
  • n. A term of affection.
  • n. A woman, especially an attractive one.
  • n. A spectrum of pale yellow to brownish-yellow colour, like that of most types of (the sweet substance) honey.
  • adj. Describing a thing involving or resembling honey.
  • adj. A spectrum of pale yellow to brownish-yellow colour, like that of most types of honey.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sweet viscid fluid, esp. that collected by bees from flowers of plants, and deposited in the cells of the honeycomb.
  • n. That which is sweet or pleasant, like honey.
  • n. Sweet one; -- a term of endearment.
  • intransitive v. To be gentle, agreeable, or coaxing; to talk fondly; to use endearments; also, to be or become obsequiously courteous or complimentary; to fawn.
  • transitive v. To make agreeable; to cover or sweeten with, or as with, honey.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sweet viscid fluid collected from the nectaries of flowers and elaborated for food by several kinds of insects, especially by the honey-bee, Apis mellifica.
  • n. Figuratively, sweetness or charm.
  • n. Sweet one; darling: a trivial word of endearment.
  • Having the nature of honey; sweet; luscious.
  • To cover with or as with honey; sweeten; make delicious: as, “honeyed lines of rhyme,”
  • To talk sweetly to; coax; flatter.
  • To become sweet; be or become complimentary or tender; use endearments; talk fondly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a sweet yellow liquid produced by bees
  • adj. of something having the color of honey
  • v. sweeten with honey
  • n. a beloved person; used as terms of endearment

Etymologies

Middle English honi, from Old English hunig.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English hony, honi, from Old English huniġ, from Proto-Germanic *hunagan (cf. West Frisian hunich, German Honig), from earlier *hunangan (cf. Swedish honung), from pre-Germanic *kn̥h₂onkós, from Proto-Indo-European *kh₂ónks (gen. *kn̥h₂kós) (cf. Middle Welsh canecon ("gold"), Latin (pl.) canicae ("bran"), Tocharian B kronkśe ("bee"), Albanian qengjë ("beehive"), Ancient Greek κνηκός (knēkós, "pale yellow")), Kurdish şan ("beehive"). (Wiktionary)

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  • "Honey" - The title of a song written by Bobby Russell and recorded by Bobby Goldsboro

    January 21, 2008

  • "What happened to a sense of wonder
    On yonder hillside, getting dim
    Why didn’t they leave us, alone
    Why couldn’t we just be ourselves
    We could dream, and keep bees
    And live on honey street"


    Van Morrison, "Pagan Streams"

    September 18, 2007