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[ froo-tee ]
/ ˈfru ti /

adjective, fruit·i·er, fruit·i·est.

resembling fruit; having the taste or smell of fruit.
rich in flavor; pungent.
excessively sweet or mellifluous; cloying; syrupy: a specialist in fruity prose; to read poetry in a fruity voice.
Slang. insane; crazy.
Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. of or like a male homosexual.


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Nearby words

fruitless, fruitlessly, fruitlet, fruits ye shall know them, by their, fruitwood, fruity, frum, frumbierding, frumentaceous, frumentius, frumenty

Origin of fruity

First recorded in 1650–60; fruit + -y1
Related formsfruit·i·ness, nounun·fruit·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fruitiness

  • Meself, I have always preferred it with just a suggestion of fruitiness.

    Paul Kelver|Jerome Klapka, AKA Jerome K. Jerome
  • Showers shook playfully upon us from the vines, while we revelled in fruitiness.

  • Have I not a G of surpassing splendour, of a fruitiness rarely encountered in this vale of tears?

    First Plays|A. A. Milne

British Dictionary definitions for fruitiness


/ (ˈfruːtɪ) /

adjective fruitier or fruitiest

of or resembling fruit
(of a voice) mellow or rich
ingratiating or unctuous
informal, mainly British erotically stimulating; salacious
slang eccentric or insane
mainly US and Canadian a slang word for homosexual
Derived Formsfruitiness, nounfruitily, adverb
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Word Origin and History for fruitiness



1650s, from fruit + -y (2). Related: Fruitiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper