World English Dictionary
candy (ˈkændɪ)
n , pl -dies
1.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) confectionery in general; sweets, chocolate, etc
2.  a person or thing that is regarded as being attractive but superficial: arm candy
3.  informal like taking candy from a baby very easy to accomplish
vb , -dies, -dies, -dying, -died
4.  to cause (sugar, etc) to become crystalline, esp by boiling or (of sugar) to become crystalline through boiling
5.  to preserve (fruit peel, ginger, etc) by boiling in sugar
6.  to cover with any crystalline substance, such as ice or sugar
[C18: from Old French sucre candi candied sugar, from Arabic qandi candied, from qand cane sugar, of Dravidian origin]

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., "crystalized sugar," from O.Fr. çucre candi "sugar candy," ultimately from Arabic qandi, from Pers. qand "cane sugar," probably from Skt. khanda "piece (of sugar)," perhaps from Dravidian (cf. Tamil kantu "candy," kattu "to harden, condense"). As a verb, attested from 1530s; hence,
candied (c.1600).
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