Definition of horny in English:

horny

adjectivehorniest, hornier

  • 1Of or resembling horn.

    ‘a horny beak’
    • ‘The upper and the lower jaws were certainly covered with horny beaks in life, like the beak in turtles and, it can be assumed, in the Triassic rhynchosaurs.’
    • ‘Even as you read these lines (relativistically speaking), some alien eye or eyes, perhaps set in chitinous, horny lids, are perplexedly scanning one of a pair of argyles which you lost last Tuesday.’
    • ‘A cephalopod is also characterized by a horny beak secreted by the walls of the buccal cavity, and a radula within the buccal cavity.’
    • ‘The plant-eating Dryosaurus had a horny beak and grinding teeth, walked on two legs and was as tall as an average 10-year-old child.’
    • ‘He insisted on showing us how hard it was to break their horny structures - just as well, in view of the vigour of his demonstration.’
    • ‘The name means ‘ray-finned,’ for unlike the Chondrichthyes, the fins of the Actinopterygii are webs of skin supported by bony or horny spines.’
    • ‘The nail consists of a particular hard, horny tissue composed largely of keratin.’
    • ‘The same type of people who unashamedly expose their upper arms and armpits also expose their disgusting feet: horrible horny, yellow toenails; hairy toes; hard, yellow heel skin.’
    • ‘Additionally, if the horny tip penetrates the skin, part of the prey contents can be lost.’
    • ‘When we used the tongue of a dead Hairy Woodpecker with different types of larvae placed in a dead log, some with soft cuticles, many attempts were needed before the horny tip of the tongue pierced the larva's skin.’
    • ‘Living birds lack teeth, and the jaws are covered by a horny beak.’
    • ‘Whereas all of the earlier forms had strong jaws and teeth or horny beaks, the sauropodomorphs had tiny heads and weak jaws and teeth, and used gastric stones, like modern-day birds, to grind up food in the stomach.’
    • ‘A large type of insect, usually bearing a black exterior shell, biting mouth parts, and hard, horny front wings.’
    • ‘From his faded slippers protruded thick, horny plates of amber-coloured toenails in pockets of red skin.’
    • ‘Keratin is an extremely tough protein material that comprises the bulk of hair, nails and horny tissue.’
    1. 1.1 Hard and rough.
      ‘horny hands’
      ‘horny, dry skin’
      • ‘It may be that an accumulation of minor abrasions of the horny layer of skin is a necessary precondition for the onset of the disease.’
      • ‘One group likes horny skin and, from shape or location, are called microsporum, trichophyton, or epidermophyton.’
      • ‘The hard corn, which is the most common type, appears as a dry, horny mass of hyperkeratosis with a hard central core.’
      • ‘Squamous cell cancers are often yellowish red in color with crusty or horny elevations of the skin.’
  • 2informal Feeling or arousing sexual excitement.

    ‘she was making him very horny’
    ‘a horny picture’
    • ‘The show certainly isn't all about sex, but it's a very horny show,’ continued DeBoy.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, in situations where one person is more ‘adventurous’ than the other, the adventurous one tends to get cast as overbearing and excessively horny.’
    • ‘Maybe I just saw myself swimming in this crazy, desperate, horny, existential, urban, greedhead-frenzy sea of random bodies, and maybe the act of sitting at the bar and doodling for no reason was my little antidote for it.’
    • ‘It was easily the sexiest, most horny thing I have ever seen.’
    • ‘And, to be perfectly honest, any film where guys run around acting horny, taking off their clothes and playing stupid adolescent tricks on each other will get my concentrated attention.’
    • ‘A picture of me wearing a Superman t-shirt, surrounded by horny college babes, wound up on the front page of the local newspaper.’
    • ‘Sex and the City says we're all terribly lonely - and as if that's not bad enough, we're all terribly horny, too.’
    • ‘It's been quite some time since I've been horny, and the sensation was both nice and frustrating.’
    • ‘No matter how hot and horny they are, I just can't make myself care about the Barely Legal Teenage Girls, although they would probably make better company than my parents and my Aunt Margaret.’
    • ‘Being married to Carmen Electra doesn't stop you from being incredibly horny.’
    • ‘I can't even imagine a theater anywhere throwing together a pairing of that sort; of a movie that could only be shown to horny adults and another that couldn't possibly interest that crowd.’
    • ‘We normally only see each other on weekends, so by that time we're both pretty horny, but after the first ‘round,’ he needs to be almost pushed into a second or third time - even with a long break between!’
    • ‘Likewise, the girls reach for the music to express themselves in 26 songs - hot and bothered, horny or forlorn - that reignite the torches of Bessie Smith, Ida Cox and Billie Holiday.’
    • ‘Okay don't take this the wrong way, but girlfriend, if your horny male co-workers aren't taking the bait, then perhaps you should reconsider your self-image.’
    • ‘The scripts I get are always for the whore, or the motorcycle chick in leather, or the horny maid.’
    • ‘That being said, and if I were still a single, horny young man with not much else to do of a night, I'd strongly suggest that you find out more about French Current Affairs via the lovely Mélissa Theuriau.’
    • ‘When I did my parody, Red Sophia, I extrapolated that this poor, magnificent warrior woman was probably getting unbelievably horny waiting for someone to come along who could beat her.’
    • ‘There is only one bed in the apartment, a fact that further excites the already horny Kurono.’
    • ‘And it's packed with detail, too - crowds of moshing clubbers, roomfuls of half-cut horny partygoers, and more - none of which detracts from the important elements in each panel.’
    thrilled, exhilarated, elevated, animated, enlivened, electrified, stirred, moved
    aroused, sexy, sexually aroused, excited, stimulated, titillated, amorous, inflamed, impassioned, lustful
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Pronunciation

horny

/ˈhɔːni/