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[guhm-drop] /ˈgʌmˌdrɒp/
a small candy made of gum arabic, gelatin, or the like, sweetened and flavored.
Origin of gumdrop
An Americanism dating back to 1855-60; gum1 + drop Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for gumdrop
Historical Examples
  • Pee-wee took his customary eye-opener, consisting of a gumdrop.

    Pee-wee Harris Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • There was not another praline for him to crunch, not even a gumdrop.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Then let us go to work merrilee, said Elise, picking up a stocking, and letting a gumdrop slide down into the toe.

    The Girl Scouts Rally Katherine Keene Galt
  • His gaze fastened hard upon Babe, who unconcernedly was chewing a gumdrop.

British Dictionary definitions for gumdrop


a small jelly-like sweet containing gum arabic and various colourings and flavourings Also called (esp Brit) gum
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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