horn

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English horn, horne, from Old English horn, from Proto-Germanic *hurną (compare West Frisian hoarn, Dutch hoorn, Low German Hoorn, horn, German Horn, Danish and Swedish horn, Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌽 (haurn)), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *ḱer-, (compare Breton kern (horn), Latin cornū, Ancient Greek κέρας (kéras), Old Church Slavonic сръна (srŭna, roedeer), Hittite [script?] (surna, horn)[script?], Persian sur, Sanskrit शृङ्ग (ṡṛṅga, horn)).

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Noun[edit]

horn (countable and uncountable, plural horns)

  1. (countable) A hard growth of keratin that protrudes from the top of the head of certain animals, usually paired.
  2. Any similar real or imaginary growth or projection such as the elongated tusk of a narwhal, the eyestalk of a snail, the pointed growth on the nose of a rhinoceros, or the hornlike projection on the head of a demon or similar.
  3. An antler.
  4. (uncountable) The hard substance from which animals' horns are made, sometimes used by man as a material for making various objects.
    an umbrella with a handle made of horn
  5. An object whose shape resembles a horn, such as cornucopia, the point of an anvil, or a vessel for gunpowder or liquid.
    • Thomson
      The moon / Wears a wan circle round her blunted horns.
    • Mason
      horns of mead and ale
    1. The high pommel of a saddle; also, either of the projections on a lady's saddle for supporting the leg.
    2. (architecture) The Ionic volute.
    3. (nautical) The outer end of a crosstree; also, one of the projections forming the jaws of a gaff, boom, etc.
    4. (carpentry) A curved projection on the fore part of a plane.
    5. One of the projections at the four corners of the Jewish altar of burnt offering.
      • Bible, 1 Kings ii. 28
        Joab [] caught hold on the horns of the altar
  6. (countable) Any of several musical wind instruments.
  7. (countable) An instrument resembling a musical horn and used to signal others.
    hunting horn
  8. (countable) A loud alarm, especially one on a motor vehicle.
  9. (countable) A conical device used to direct waves.
    antenna horn
    loudspeaker horn
  10. (informal, countable) Generally, any brass wind instrument.
  11. (slang, countable, from the horn-shaped earpieces of old communication systems that used air tubes) A telephone.
  12. (uncountable, vulgar, slang, definite article) An erection of the penis.
  13. (countable) A peninsula or crescent-shaped tract of land. "to navigate around the horn."
  14. (countable) A diacritical mark that may be attached to the top right corner of the letters o and u when writing in Vietnamese, thus forming ơ and ư.
  15. (botany) An incurved, tapering and pointed appendage found in the flowers of the milkweed (Asclepias).

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Synonyms[edit]

  • (growth on the heads of certain animals):
  • (hard substance from which horns are made): keratin
  • (any of several musical wind instruments):
  • (instrument used to signal others):
  • (loud alarm, especially on a motor vehicle): hooter, klaxon
  • (conical device used to direct waves): funnel
  • (informal: generally, any brass wind instrument):
  • (slang: telephone): blower (UK), dog and bone (Cockney rhyming slang), phone
  • (coarse slang: erection): boner (US), hard-on, stiffy

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Verb[edit]

horn (third-person singular simple present horns, present participle horning, simple past and past participle horned)

  1. (of an animal) To assault with the horns
  2. (slang, obsolete) To cuckold

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Faroese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse horn, from Proto-Norse ᚺᛟᚱᚾᚨ (horna), from Proto-Germanic *hurną, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱer-.

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Noun[edit]

horn n (genitive singular horns, plural horn)

  1. horn (of an animal)
  2. horn (musical instrument)
  3. corner
  4. speaker (on a telephone)
  5. angle

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n3 Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative horn hornið horn hornini
Accusative horn hornið horn hornini
Dative horni horninum hornum hornunum
Genitive horns hornsins horna hornanna

Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse horn, from Proto-Norse ᚺᛟᚱᚾᚨ (horna), from Proto-Germanic *hurną, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱer-.

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Noun[edit]

horn n

  1. horn (of an animal)
  2. corner
  3. angle
  4. horn (musical instrument)

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *hurną, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱer- (horn, head, top). Compare Old Frisian horn (West Frisian hoarn), Old Saxon horn (Low German Hoorn, horn), Dutch hoorn, Old High German horn (German Horn), Old Norse horn (Danish and Swedish horn), Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌽 (haurn).

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horn n

  1. horn

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Old High German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *hurną, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱer-. Cognates include also Old Saxon horn, Old English horn, Old Norse horn, Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌽 (haurn).

Noun[edit]

horn n

  1. A horn

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Old Norse[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Norse ᚺᛟᚱᚾᚨ (horna), from Proto-Germanic *hurną, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱer-. Cognates include Old English horn (English horn, Old Frisian horn (West Frisian hoarn), Old Saxon horn (Low German Hoorn, horn), Dutch hoorn, Old High German horn (German Horn), Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌽 (haurn).

Noun[edit]

horn n (genitive horns, plural horn)

  1. horn (of an animal)
  2. horn (musical instrument)
  3. corner
  4. angle

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Old Saxon[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *hurną, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱer-. Cognates include also Old English horn, Old Frisian horn, Old High German horn, Old Norse horn, Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌽 (haurn).

Noun[edit]

horn n

  1. horn

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Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse horn, from Proto-Norse ᚺᛟᚱᚾᚨ (horna), from Proto-Germanic *hurną, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱer-.

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Noun[edit]

horn n

  1. a horn (growth on animals' heads)
  2. a horn; object shaped from or like an animal's horn, used for drinking, storage or making sounds
  3. a horn; object that makes a sound, e.g. on a car
  4. a horn; musical instrument

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