- 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. See also arm candy, ear candy, eye candy.
- 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.
- to become covered with sugar.
- to crystallize into sugar.
Origin of candy
- a female given name.
Examples from the Web for candy
In fact, that candy store is heavy industry, with all the mess that entails.New York’s Conservative Fracking Ban
December 20, 2014
These medications will not continue to work when we need them if they are handed out like candy.Without Education, Antibiotic Resistance Will Be Our Greatest Health Crisis
December 19, 2014
Meanwhile younger, lighter colors evoke citrus and tree fruits, candy sugars and vanilla toffee.Why Natural Color Is So Crucial To Understanding A Whisky’s Flavors
December 10, 2014
Not just a candy factory but a candy store, and everything in it free.‘Asteroids’ & The Dawn of the Gamer Age
November 29, 2014
In the choice between free candy shops and human beings, candy is still coming first.Silicon Valley Interns Make a Service Worker’s Yearly Salary In Three Months
November 25, 2014
As for the child, he gave himself wholly to the enjoyment of a stick of candy.Other Tales and Sketches
Of what value are milk, cream, and butter in the making of candy?
What care should be exercised in the use of colorings in candy?
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
- mainly US and Canadian confectionery in general; sweets, chocolate, etc
- a person or thing that is regarded as being attractive but superficialarm candy
- like taking candy from a baby informal very easy to accomplish
- 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 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").