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[kan-dee] /ˈkæn di/
noun, plural candies.
any of a variety of confections made with sugar, syrup, etc., often combined with chocolate, fruit, nuts, etc.
a single piece of such a confection.
Slang. cocaine.
someone or something that is pleasing or pleasurable, usually in a superficial way (often used in combination):
The show is candy, but enjoy it for what it is.
verb (used with object), candied, candying.
to cook in sugar or syrup, as sweet potatoes or carrots.
to cook in heavy syrup until transparent, as fruit, fruit peel, or ginger.
to reduce (sugar, syrup, etc.) to a crystalline form, usually by boiling down.
to coat with sugar:
to candy dates.
to make sweet, palatable, or agreeable.
verb (used without object), candied, candying.
to become covered with sugar.
to crystallize into sugar.
Origin of candy
1225-75; Middle English candi, sugre candi candied sugar < Middle French sucre candi; candiArabic qandī < Persian qandi sugar < Sanskrit khaṇḍakaḥ sugar candy
Related forms
candylike, adjective


[kan-dee] /ˈkæn di/
a female given name. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for candy
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  • As for the child, he gave himself wholly to the enjoyment of a stick of candy.

    Other Tales and Sketches Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • What care should be exercised in the use of colorings in candy?

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • Of what value are milk, cream, and butter in the making of candy?

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • A box of candy against a good cigar, they are a stolid married couple.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • She should have the candy cock, but must promise not to say a word if she took it.

    Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
British Dictionary definitions for candy


noun (pl) -dies
(mainly US & Canadian) confectionery in general; sweets, chocolate, etc
a person or thing that is regarded as being attractive but superficial: arm candy
(informal) like taking candy from a baby, very easy to accomplish
verb -dies, -dying, -died
to cause (sugar, etc) to become crystalline, esp by boiling or (of sugar) to become crystalline through boiling
to preserve (fruit peel, ginger, etc) by boiling in sugar
to cover with any crystalline substance, such as ice or sugar
Word Origin
C18: from Old French sucre candi candied sugar, from Arabic qandi candied, from qand cane sugar, of Dravidian origin
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Word Origin and History for candy

late 13c., "crystalized sugar," from Old French çucre candi "sugar candy," ultimately from Arabic qandi, from Persian qand "cane sugar," probably from Sanskrit khanda "piece (of sugar)," perhaps from Dravidian (cf. Tamil kantu "candy," kattu "to harden, condense").


1530s, from candy (n.). Related: Candied; candying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for candy



  1. Cocaine or hashish (narcotics 1900+)
  2. A sugar cube soaked with lsd; LSD (1960s+ Narcotics)
  3. Any barbiturate drug; drugs in general (1960s+ Narcotics)
  4. Something easily done; breeze, cinch, piece of cake (1940s+)

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needle candy, nose candy

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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