jellybean

[jel-ee-been]

noun

a small, bean-shaped, usually brightly colored candy with a hard sugar coating and a firm gelatinous filling.

Nearby words

  1. jelly coat,
  2. jelly doughnut,
  3. jelly fungus,
  4. jelly mould,
  5. jelly roll,
  6. jellyfish,
  7. jellyroll,
  8. jelutong,
  9. jemadar,
  10. jemappes

Origin of jellybean

An Americanism dating back to 1900–05; jelly + bean

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British Dictionary definitions for jellybean

jellybean

noun

a bean-shaped sweet with a brightly coloured coating around a gelatinous filling
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Word Origin and History for jellybean

jellybean

n.

1905, from jelly (n.) + bean (n.). So called for its shape. Soon used in U.S. slang for "stupid person," probably encouraged by the slang sense of bean as "head."

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