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[froo-tee] /ˈfru ti/
adjective, fruitier, fruitiest.
resembling fruit; having the taste or smell of fruit.
rich in flavor; pungent.
excessively sweet or mellifluous; cloying; syrupy:
a specialist in fruity prose; to read poetry in a fruity voice.
Slang. insane; crazy.
Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. of or like a male homosexual.
Origin of fruity
1650-60; fruit + -y1
Related forms
fruitiness, noun
unfruity, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fruity
  • Their tan, alveolate slices exude an aroma and taste that is positively fruity.
  • Brominated vegetable oil creates the cloudy look by keeping the fruity flavor mixed into the drink.
  • The name is fruity, but these are essential for aid climbing.
  • Fiery and fruity, it's notable for the subtle balance of spice and citrus, and the impeccable quality of the fish.
  • The chops and the greens had been dispatched and a fruity granita, served in tall crystal cups, had been placed before us.
  • Recently, several companies have begun marketing first aid products that include the fruity destroyer.
  • They puff deeply, releasing plumes of fruity-smelling tobacco smoke.
  • Without the bitterness of hops, it had a fruity, sweet taste.
  • Gas bubbles and fruity smells signal that fermentation is under way.
  • They have a life-long affinity for the distinctive smell of their fruity birthplace.
British Dictionary definitions for fruity


adjective fruitier, fruitiest
of or resembling fruit
(of a voice) mellow or rich
ingratiating or unctuous
(informal, mainly Brit) erotically stimulating; salacious
(slang) eccentric or insane
(mainly US & Canadian) a slang word for homosexual
Derived Forms
fruitiness, noun
fruitily, adverb
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Word Origin and History for fruity

1650s, from fruit + -y (2). Related: Fruitiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for fruity


  1. Eccentric; odd; nutty, weird (1930s+ Teenagers)
  2. Homosexual; gay (1930s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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