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[shoo g-er-pluhm]
  1. a small sweetmeat made of sugar with various flavoring and coloring ingredients; a bonbon.
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Origin of sugarplum

First recorded in 1600–10; sugar + plum1
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Examples from the Web for sugar-plum

Historical Examples

  • Punish if you will, but be kind too, and let the sugar-plum go with the rod.'

    Short Studies on Great Subjects

    James Anthony Froude

  • You can tell Christmas Eve anywhere, like a sugar-plum, with your eyes shut.

  • Many a sugar-plum of patronage fell into the mouths of his family and friends.

  • Here he came to an abrupt close, eying the sugar-plum wistfully.

    Jessie's Parrot

    Joanna Mathews

  • They used to call a sugar-plum a plumb in Shakspeare's time.

    The Art of Entertaining

    M. E. W. Sherwood

British Dictionary definitions for sugar-plum


  1. a crystallized plum
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Word Origin and History for sugar-plum


c.1600; see sugar (n.) + plum (n.). As a type of small round candy, from 1660s.

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