[ shoo g-er ]
/ ˈʃʊg ər /
a sweet, crystalline substance, C12H22O11, obtained chiefly from the juice of the sugarcane and the sugar beet, and present in sorghum, maple sap, etc.: used extensively as an ingredient and flavoring of certain foods and as a fermenting agent in the manufacture of certain alcoholic beverages; sucrose.Compare beet sugar, cane sugar.
Chemistry. a member of the same class of carbohydrates, as lactose, glucose, or fructose.
(sometimes initial capital letter) an affectionate or familiar term of address, as to a child or a romantic partner (sometimes offensive when used to strangers, casual acquaintances, subordinates, etc., especially by a male to a female).
a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter S.
verb (used with object)
to cover, sprinkle, mix, or sweeten with sugar.
to make agreeable.
verb (used without object)
to form sugar or sugar crystals.
to make maple sugar.
sugar off, (in making maple sugar) to complete the boiling down of the syrup in preparation for granulation.
Words nearby sugar
Origin of sugar
1250–1300; Middle English sugre, sucre (noun) < Middle French sucre < Medieval Latin succārum < Italian zucchero < Arabic sukkar; obscurely akin to Persian shakar, Greek sákcharon (see sacchar-)
OTHER WORDS FROM sugarsug·ar·less, adjectivesug·ar·like, adjectivenon·sug·ar, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sugaring off (1 of 3)
/ (ˈʃʊɡərɪŋ) /
Canadian the boiling down of maple sap to produce sugar, traditionally a social event in early spring
British Dictionary definitions for sugaring off (2 of 3)
/ (ˈʃʊɡə) /
Alan (Michael). Baron. born 1947, British electronics entrepreneur; chairman of Amstrad (1968–2008); noted for his BBC series The Apprentice (from 2005)
British Dictionary definitions for sugaring off (3 of 3)
/ (ˈʃʊɡə) /
Also called: sucrose, saccharose a white crystalline sweet carbohydrate, a disaccharide, found in many plants and extracted from sugar cane and sugar beet: it is used esp as a sweetening agent in food and drinks. Formula: C 12 H 22 O 11Related adjective: saccharine
any of a class of simple water-soluble carbohydrates, such as sucrose, lactose, and fructose
informal, mainly US and Canadian a term of affection, esp for one's sweetheart
rare a slang word for money
a slang name for LSD
(tr) to add sugar to; make sweet
(tr) to cover or sprinkle with sugar
(intr) to produce sugar
sugar the pill or sugar the medicine to make something unpleasant more agreeable by adding something pleasantthe government stopped wage increases but sugared the pill by reducing taxes
Derived forms of sugarsugarless, adjectivesugar-like, adjective
Word Origin for sugar
C13 suker, from Old French çucre, from Medieval Latin zuccārum, from Italian zucchero, from Arabic sukkar, from Persian shakar, from Sanskrit śarkarā
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Medical definitions for sugaring off
[ shug′ər ]
A crystalline or powdered substance consisting of sucrose obtained mainly from sugar cane and sugar beets and used in many medicines to improve their taste.
Any of a class of water-soluble crystalline carbohydrates, including sucrose and lactose, having a characteristically sweet taste and classified as monosaccharides, disaccharides, and trisaccharides.
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Scientific definitions for sugaring off
[ shug′ər ]
Any of a class of crystalline carbohydrates that are water-soluble, have a characteristic sweet taste, and are universally present in animals and plants. They are characterized by the many OH groups they contain. Sugars are monosaccharides or small oligosaccharides, and include sucrose, glucose, and lactose.
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