[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. fruitless,
  2. fruitlessly,
  3. fruitlet,
  4. fruits ye shall know them, by their,
  5. fruitwood,
  6. frum,
  7. frumbierding,
  8. frumentaceous,
  9. frumentius,
  10. 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

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British Dictionary definitions for fruity


/ (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 fruity



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

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