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[guhm-ee] /ˈgʌm i/
adjective, gummier, gummiest.
of, resembling, or of the consistency of gum; viscid; mucilaginous.
covered with or clogged by gum or sticky matter.
exuding gum.
Origin of gummy
1350-1400; Middle English; see gum1, -y1
Related forms
gumminess, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gummy
  • The gummy edge makes it easy to prop the tablet up on a table or desk, or even those fold-out tray tables on the airplane.
  • But they are also almost indistinguishable from soft gummy candies.
  • Electric extruding machines don't work the dough long enough, and the pasta they make is often gummy and unpleasant.
  • If you make content that is the intellectual equivalent of gummy bears, your site will appear to grow quickly.
  • The chicken was paired with a gummy wad of skinny noodles and some carrot slivers.
  • The bad news, according to experts, is that there's more of that gummy pain on the way.
  • The tempura had large chunks of partly cut vegetables harboring gummy batter in the cracks.
  • gummy bears were abandoned because they stuck to the monkeys' teeth.
  • If you put a gummy bear in water and let it sit there for about an hour or two, it will enlarge because it absorbs the water.
  • Since ancient times, in many lands, people have found relaxation and comfort in the simple act of chewing some gummy substance.
British Dictionary definitions for gummy


adjective -mier, -miest
sticky or tacky
consisting of, coated with, or clogged by gum or a similar substance
producing gum
Derived Forms
gumminess, noun
Word Origin
C14: from gum1 + -y1


adjective -mier, -miest
toothless; not showing one's teeth
noun (pl) -mies
(Austral) a small crustacean-eating shark, Mustelus antarcticus, with bony ridges resembling gums in its mouth
(NZ) an old ewe that has lost its incisor teeth
Derived Forms
gummily, adverb
Word Origin
C20: from gum² + -y1
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Word Origin and History for gummy

late 14c., from gum (n.1) + -y (2). Related: Gumminess.

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Slang definitions & phrases for gummy


  1. Inferior; tedious; unpleasant: He found himself in a very gummy situation, with both of them berating him (1922+)
  2. Sentimental; maudlin; corny: a gummy, gooey tearjerker of a film (1940+)

[like icky and sticky, fr the unpleasant feel of glue or slime]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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