impregnated or incrusted with or as if with sugar: candied ginger.
prepared by cooking in sugar or syrup: candied yams.
honeyed; flattering: candied words.

Nearby words

  1. candidate species,
  2. candide,
  3. candidemia,
  4. candidiasis,
  5. candidly,
  6. candiot,
  7. candle,
  8. candle-meter,
  9. candle-tree,
  10. candlebeam

Origin of candied

First recorded in 1590–1600; candy + -ed3

Related formsun·can·died, adjective



noun, plural can·dies.

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.

verb (used with object), can·died, can·dy·ing.

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), can·died, can·dy·ing.

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 formscan·dy·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for candied



impregnated or encrusted with or as if with sugar or syrupcandied peel
(of sugar, honey, etc) crystallized


noun plural -dies

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

verb -dies, -dying or -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 for candy

C18: from Old French sucre candi candied sugar, from Arabic qandi candied, from qand cane sugar, of Dravidian origin

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