• synonyms

rock candy



sugar in large, hard, cohering crystals.



Nearby words

rock boot, rock borer, rock bottom, rock brake, rock cake, rock candy, rock chopper, rock climb, rock climber, rock climbing, rock cod

Origin of rock candy

First recorded in 1715–25 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rock-candy

  • There was a thick coating of ice over men, yawl, ropes and everything else, and we looked like rock-candy statuary.

    The Letters Of Mark Twain, Volume 1, 1853-1866|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Strings of rock-candy came from China, but were rivalled by a distinctly native sweet—maple sugar.

    Child Life in Colonial Days|Alice Morse Earle
  • But the cannon burst into a thousand pieces, for it was nothing but rock-candy, and some of the men nearly got killed.

  • I knew a boy once who ate soft coal just because somebody told him it was rock-candy.

    Andiron Tales|John Kendrick Bangs

British Dictionary definitions for rock-candy

rock candy


US and Canadian a hard candy, typically a long brightly-coloured peppermint-flavoured stick, sold esp in holiday resortsAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): rock
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Word Origin and History for rock-candy



1723, from rock (n.1) + candy (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper