Definition of horny in English:

horny

adjective

  • 1Of or resembling horn.

    ‘a horny beak’
    ‘horny nails’
    • ‘Additionally, if the horny tip penetrates the skin, part of the prey contents can be lost.’
    • ‘Living birds lack teeth, and the jaws are covered by a horny beak.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A cephalopod is also characterized by a horny beak secreted by the walls of the buccal cavity, and a radula within the buccal cavity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The nail consists of a particular hard, horny tissue composed largely of keratin.’
    • ‘A large type of insect, usually bearing a black exterior shell, biting mouth parts, and hard, horny front wings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    1. 1.1 Hard and rough.
      ‘horny, dry skin’
      • ‘One group likes horny skin and, from shape or location, are called microsporum, trichophyton, or epidermophyton.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Squamous cell cancers are often yellowish red in color with crusty or horny elevations of the skin.’
      • ‘The hard corn, which is the most common type, appears as a dry, horny mass of hyperkeratosis with a hard central core.’
  • 2informal Feeling or arousing sexual excitement.

    • ‘Sex and the City says we're all terribly lonely - and as if that's not bad enough, we're all terribly horny, too.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The show certainly isn't all about sex, but it's a very horny show,’ continued DeBoy.’
    • ‘It's been quite some time since I've been horny, and the sensation was both nice and frustrating.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A picture of me wearing a Superman t-shirt, surrounded by horny college babes, wound up on the front page of the local newspaper.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was easily the sexiest, most horny thing I have ever seen.’
    • ‘Being married to Carmen Electra doesn't stop you from being incredibly 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘There is only one bed in the apartment, a fact that further excites the already horny Kurono.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, in situations where one person is more ‘adventurous’ than the other, the adventurous one tends to get cast as overbearing and excessively horny.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    thrilled, exhilarated, elevated, animated, enlivened, electrified, stirred, moved
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Pronunciation

horny

/ˈhôrnē/