Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having horns or hornlike projections.
  • adjective Made of horn or a similar substance.
  • adjective Tough and calloused.
  • adjective Desirous of sexual activity.
  • adjective Sexually aroused.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Consisting or composed of horn, or something like horn; corneous.
  • Resembling horn; hard or otherwise like horn; callous: as, horny hands.
  • Specifically — In entomology, chitinous: used to designate any hard part of the integument or interior organs of an insect.
  • In botany, hard and close in texture, but not brittle, as the albumen of many plants.
  • In sponges, fibrous; ceratodous, as an ordinary sponge, as distinguished from a chalk-sponge or a glass-sponge.
  • Having a horn or horns; having corns, callosities, or processes like horns.
  • noun The devil, as usually represented with horns: generally with the prefix old (Scotch auld.) Also spelled Hornie.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having horns or hornlike projections.
  • adjective Composed or made of horn, or of a substance resembling horn; of the nature of horn.
  • adjective Hard; callous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Hard or bony, like an animal's horn.
  • adjective Having horns
  • adjective informal, vulgar Sexually aroused.
  • adjective informal Sexually arousing.

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

  • adjective feeling great sexual desire
  • adjective having horns or hornlike projections
  • adjective made of horn (or of a substance resembling horn)

Etymologies

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

[Sense 4, from horn, an erection.]

Examples

  • It doesn't contain anything terribly offensive, though the premiere does mention the existence of sex between alligators and use the word "horny."

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  • And the images you conjure with "straddling glowing globes and caressing the giant W" makes us sound so freakin 'horny ... oh wait ... nevermind.

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  • I also wonder in how many cases people think that giving someone a pill that makes her horny is a lot easier than actually trying to, you know, like, find out what she likes.

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  • The more superficial layers of cells, called the horny layer (stratum corneum), may be separated by maceration from a deeper stratum, which is called the stratum mucosum, and which consists of several layers of differently shaped cells.

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  • _ He was called horny because, when he slew the dragon, he bathed in its blood, and became covered with a horny hide which was invulnerable.

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  • The men on her dating site, which weeds out the opportunists, "want me to make that distinction - they're tired of being called horny frat boys," she says.

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  • The men on her dating site, which weeds out the opportunists, "want me to make that distinction - they're tired of being called horny frat boys," she says.

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  • The men on her dating site, which weeds out the opportunists, "want me to make that distinction - they're tired of being called horny frat boys," she says.

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  • This one in particular - courtesy commenter extraordinaire Upstate Underdog - will make you dance AND get you horny, which is one of my favorite states of consciousness.

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  • I recall a horny looking young lady (the lady part of that descriptive I use very loosely for reasons explained later) who worked in our cookhouse for a while.

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  • C'mon, how can I not like this word? 'nuff said.

    March 4, 2007