[shoo g-er-koht]

verb (used with object)

to cover with sugar: to sugarcoat a pill.
to make (something difficult or distasteful) appear more pleasant or acceptable: There was no way to sugarcoat the bad news.

Nearby words

  1. sugarberry,
  2. sugarbird,
  3. sugarbush,
  4. sugarcane,
  5. sugarcane borer,
  6. sugarcoating,
  7. sugared,
  8. sugarhouse,
  9. sugaring,
  10. sugaring off

Origin of sugarcoat

First recorded in 1865–70; sugar + coat Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sugar-coat


verb (tr)

to coat or cover with sugar
to cause to appear more attractive; make agreeable
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Word Origin and History for sugar-coat



also sugar-coat, 1870, originally of medicine; figuratively, "make more palatable," from 1910. Related: Sugarcoated; sugarcoating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper