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Huny, Hony, n. Also: hunie, hwny(e, -ie, hunny, -ie, ; honye, hon(n)ie, honny; Hinnie[ME. hony, huny, OE. huniᵹ.]

1. Honey. Also fig.(a) c1420 Wynt. iii. 148.
He tuke and ete off that huny
Ib. 216.
Quhat than huny is suettare?
c1460 Wisd. Sol. 762.
The beis, deand, tynis the suetnes of the hwny
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxxv. 15.
My hairt, sweit as the hunye [B. hunny]
1513 Doug. i. vii. 29.
[Bees] in camys inclus thar hwny cleyn
1562-3 Winȝet II. 48/15.
Quhais speche … to me apperit … as certain hwnie to hef flowit
Ib. 64/27.
First thai smeir oure thair mowthes with hwny
1671 Melrose Reg. Rec. II. 281.
Ane pynt stope full of hunie
(b) a1400 Leg. S. xxxvi. 280.
Wyld hony wes his lyflede
?1438 Alex. ii. 420.
Hony and oyle he with him tais
1456 Hay I. 20/18.
Quhen the hony beis cummys … and takis hony, the hony is bitter
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxvii. 17 (R).
This warld … with gall in heart & hony in hals
1560 Rolland Seven S. 930.
The bie … Hame to hir hiue sweit hony scho will bring
a1568 Scott i. 105.
As beis takkis honye of the floure
a1605 Montg. Ch. & Slae 64.
Some [bees] sweitly hes the hony socht
1600-1610 Melvill 382.
Honnie is in ther mouthe
(c) 1513 Doug. vi. vi. 75.
A sop, stepyt intill hunny … And of enchantit cornys maid
Ib. xii. Prol. 138.
Quharof the beys wrocht thar hunny sweit

b. Used as a term of endearment. a1500 Henr. Rob. & Mak. 61.
My huny, Robene, talk ane quhill
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 223.
My hony, hald abak
Id. lxxv. 3.
My hwny [B. hunny] … .I haue bene lang ȝour luifar leill

2. Attrib. with aquavitie, be, came (comb), drop, hart, lippis, pere (pear), plum, rosate, soppis, swete, throt, wordis. 1666 Misc. Maitl. C. II. 532.
To the Mr of Eliot man with hony aquavitie 01 16 00
1456 Hay I. 20/18.
Quhen the hony beis cummys on the flour of it
1585 James VI Ess. 45.
The hunnie bees, that works into the hyue
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxxxii. 39.
Merchandis at the stinkand styll Ar hamperit in ane hony came
1511 Treas. Acc. IV. 310.
For fruits and huny kamys
c1520-c1535 Nisbet Luke xxiv. 42.
A part of fisch rostit, and ane hony came
1581 Hamilton Cath. Tr. 45.
Quhair as the vord of god is a sueit hony cambe to … spirituall men
1513 Doug. xii. Prol. 124.
The balmy vapour … Distilland hailsum sugurat hunny droppys
a1500 Peblis to Play 221.
My hony hart, how sayis the sang?
1567 G. Ball 210.
Thay hony lippis … grew gall
1511 Treas. Acc. IV. 309.
To ane frutt sellar … for hony peris
1658 R. Moray Lett. 4 Apr.
[To] make you beleave spade shafts honny plums
1568 Skeyne Descr. Pest 32.
Thre vucis of hunny rosate
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxxxv. 32.
My hwny soppis, … Be warme hairtit
a1500 Henr. Fab. 315 (H).
Scho … comfort hir with wordis hunny sweit
Ib. 692.
Me think that hennis ar sa honie sweit
1535 Stewart 8064.
Scho salust him with wordis hwny sweit
c1500-c1512 Dunb. G. Targe 106.
Thair hony throtis … With werblis suete did perse the hevinly skyes
1535 Stewart 8247.
With fair calling and huny wordis sweit

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