[shoo g-uh-ree]


of, containing, or resembling sugar.
sweet; excessively sweet.
honeyed; cloying; deceitfully agreeable: sugary words of greeting.

Origin of sugary

First recorded in 1585–95; sugar + -y1
Related formssug·ar·i·ness, nounun·sug·ar·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sugary

Contemporary Examples of sugary

Historical Examples of sugary

  • The Captain broke in upon the sugary flow as soon as he could.

    Cap'n Eri

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • No ‘threats of hell or hopes of any sugary paradise’ 97 influence me.

    The Crimson Tide

    Robert W. Chambers

  • "If Jo was not always so sugary sweet," was the general complaint.

  • He could not be misled by the sugary phrases in which the vote of censure had been couched.

    The Loyalist

    James Francis Barrett

  • She is really not sugary enough for a preserve; I should say rather well canned.


    Maud Wilder Goodwin

British Dictionary definitions for sugary



of, like, or containing sugar
containing too much sugar; excessively sweet
deceptively pleasant; insincere
Derived Formssugariness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sugary

1590s, from sugar (n.) + -y (2).

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