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fruity

[froo-tee] /ˈfru ti/
adjective, fruitier, fruitiest.
1.
resembling fruit; having the taste or smell of fruit.
2.
rich in flavor; pungent.
3.
excessively sweet or mellifluous; cloying; syrupy:
a specialist in fruity prose; to read poetry in a fruity voice.
4.
Slang. insane; crazy.
5.
Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. of or like a male homosexual.
Origin of fruity
1650-1660
1650-60; fruit + -y1
Related forms
fruitiness, noun
unfruity, adjective
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  • The Parisians drink sweet and fruity champagne because the good wines are already in their veins.

    The Beautiful Lady Booth Tarkington
  • "Yo' am rich woman now, ma'am," he said in his thick, fruity voice.

  • She said that his voice had a fruity ceremoniousness, and I wish I could have heard it.

    Marge Askinforit Barry Pain
  • Never before has it tasted so rich, so fruity, so delicious!

    Venus in Boston; George Thompson
  • There was a delicious odor of sweet-shrub in the air, and the fruity fragrance of the dark, wild wake-robin underfoot.

    The Mountain Girl Payne Erskine
British Dictionary definitions for fruity

fruity

/ˈfruːtɪ/
adjective fruitier, fruitiest
1.
of or resembling fruit
2.
(of a voice) mellow or rich
3.
ingratiating or unctuous
4.
(informal, mainly Brit) erotically stimulating; salacious
5.
(slang) eccentric or insane
6.
(mainly US & Canadian) a slang word for homosexual
Derived Forms
fruitiness, noun
fruitily, adverb
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Word Origin and History for fruity
adj.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for fruity

fruity

adjective

  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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