Definition of honey child in US English:

honey child

(also honey chile)


  • 1Originally Irish English, now chiefly United States regional (southern and in African-American usage). A sweetheart, a darling. Chiefly as a form of address, originally especially to a child.

  • 2An utterance of ‘honey child’, especially as a stereotypical feature of the speech of the southern United States.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Gerald Griffin (1803–1840), novelist, playwright, and poet. From honey + child. In form honey chile representing African-American pronunciation: compare the form chile at child.


honey child

/ˈhʌnɪ tʃʌɪld/