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[shoo g-uh-ree] /ˈʃʊg ə ri/
of, containing, or resembling sugar.
sweet; excessively sweet.
honeyed; cloying; deceitfully agreeable:
sugary words of greeting.
Origin of sugary
1585-95; sugar + -y1
Related forms
sugariness, noun
unsugary, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sugary
  • The combination of tough and sugary foods helps explain why so many of the giant ape's teeth were riddled with cavities.
  • The key to halting cancer cells may lie in their sugary coats, scientists say.
  • After only one or two trials, many bees learned to stick out their tonguelike proboscis in anticipation of a sugary droplet.
  • Growth rates are seven times higher than for carbonated sugary drinks.
  • The poor, in contrast, have to watch every cup of sugary tea.
  • Taxing sugary drinks makes sense, if all the money goes to health care.
  • Some make the case for taxing sugary drinks, to discourage their consumption and to raise money to finance health care.
  • But with all these sugary treats come a price: cavities.
  • It should bear its own health warning: so sugary that you may need an insulin shot to withstand it.
  • These foods appear to have more staying power than highly processed foods such as bagels, muffins, doughnuts and sugary cereals.
British Dictionary definitions for sugary


of, like, or containing sugar
containing too much sugar; excessively sweet
deceptively pleasant; insincere
Derived Forms
sugariness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sugary

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

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