horny

Things that are horny either look like or are made of an animal’s horn or a similar hard material. The thick, hard nail on your big toe could be described as horny.

The word horny, describing the bony projection on an animal's head, appeared in English before the 10th century. An informal meaning — that of being sexually aroused — appeared later. Male physical arousal was crudely referred to as "having the horn” in the late 18th century before becoming the word horny in the mid-19th century. First used exclusively for men, the word now describes women's sexual feelings as well.

Primary Meanings of horny

1.
adj
having horns or hornlike projections
2.
adj
feeling great sexual desire
Full Definitions of horny
1

adj having horns or hornlike projections

horny coral”
horny (or horned) frog”
Synonyms:
horned
having a horn or horns or hornlike parts or horns of a particular kind

adj made of horn (or of a substance resembling horn)

Synonyms:
corneous, hornlike
hard
resisting weight or pressure
2

adj feeling great sexual desire

“feeling horny
Synonyms:
aroused, randy, ruttish, steamy, turned on
sexy
marked by or tending to arouse sexual desire or interest

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