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[shoo g-uh-ree]
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  1. of, containing, or resembling sugar.
  2. sweet; excessively sweet.
  3. honeyed; cloying; deceitfully agreeable: sugary words of greeting.
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Origin of sugary

First recorded in 1585–95; sugar + -y1
Related formssug·ar·i·ness, nounun·sug·ar·y, adjective
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Related Words for sugary

sweet, sticky, cloying, sentimental, sappy, syrupy, granular, candied, honeyed, mawkish, unctuous, flattering, pleasant, saccharine, glace, sacchariferous

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


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


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

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