bubblegum

adjective
bub·​ble·​gum | \ ˈbə-bəl-ˌgəm How to pronounce bubblegum (audio) \

Definition of bubblegum

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: appealing to or characteristic of preteens or adolescents bubblegum fashions

bubble gum

noun

Definition of bubble gum (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a chewing gum that can be blown into large bubbles
2 usually bubblegum \ ˈbə-​bəl-​ˌgəm How to pronounce bubble gum (audio) \ : rock music having simple repetitive phrasings and intended especially for young teenagers

Examples of bubblegum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Two aliens with bodies like slim light bulbs encounter each other against a bubblegum-pink background. Jordan Kisner, The Atlantic, "The Wicked Virtuosity of Patricia Lockwood," 13 Feb. 2021 The game's lethal storm circle is tightening around the combat zone, a sleepy beach town with a bubblegum-pink ice cream parlor, and the handful of remaining squads are duking it out for survival. Tom Vanderbilt, Wired, "‘Wait, Sylvie’s Dad Plays?!’ The Joy of Fortnite Parenting," 19 Oct. 2020 Roxy Music, led by Bryan Ferry, experimented with basic synthesisers, while The Sweet sold records by drawing on the saccharine bubblegum pop of the 1950s. The Economist, "Take a sad song and make it better How will pop music confront the pandemic?," 28 Apr. 2020 Destiny's Child, TLC, and the Spice Girls included—and the solo female acts who forged a path in their field: from bubblegum pop greats to powerhouse experimental and R&B acts like Björk and Lauryn Hill. Lori Keong, Marie Claire, "50 Quintessential '90s Songs That Will Give You Major Nostalgia," 26 July 2019 Glittery, shimmery body gels and highlighting potions are making their comeback, but not in a 1990’s bubblegum pop kind of way. Jesa Marie Calaor, Allure, "The 12 Best Body Highlighters and Bronzers to Make Your Skin Shine Bright Like a Diamond," 13 Sep. 2018 Glittery, shimmery body gels and highlighting potions are making their comeback, but not in a 1990’s bubblegum pop kind of way. Jesa Marie Calaor, Allure, "The 12 Best Body Highlighters and Bronzers to Make Your Skin Shine Bright Like a Diamond," 13 Sep. 2018 Glittery, shimmery body gels and highlighting potions are making their comeback, but not in a 1990’s bubblegum pop kind of way. Jesa Marie Calaor, Allure, "The 12 Best Body Highlighters and Bronzers to Make Your Skin Shine Bright Like a Diamond," 13 Sep. 2018 Hues featured in the launch include the bright, bubblegum pink of Love Potion, a deep blue appropriately titled Royal, a golden glitter called Quartz, and the intense yellow shimmer of Slay. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Cosmetics Announced the Arrival of Eyeshadow Singles," 7 Sep. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Lola Brooks, a studio jeweler, sells one-of-a-kind heart brooches that measure up to six and a half inches, their surfaces adorned with saccharine-sweet ruffles, butterfly wings and what suspiciously look like bubble gum wads. New York Times, "The Brooch Is Back, Baby," 24 Mar. 2021 While adults fancy certain fragrances (bourbon, wasabi and Earl Grey tea), others appeal to the younger set (bubble gum, cotton candy and whipped cream). Mike Klingaman, baltimoresun.com, "Kids Corner: Create personalized fragrances at Aroma Candle Studio in Bel Air," 25 Feb. 2021 Mika Vanderheyden traveled to many thrift stores to find unique items to put in the rooms like bubble gum machines, couches, payphones, artwork and more. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, "2 new metro Detroit businesses will host your friends, family for unique selfie experience," 11 Feb. 2021 Odors linked to foods that are popular in some countries but not others, such as bubble gum or licorice, might skew test results for some individuals. New York Times, "Could a Smell Test Screen People for Covid?," 19 Jan. 2021 It’s in their Pop-Tarts and Cap’n Crunch cereal, Oreo cookies, KitKat candy bars, Magnum ice cream, doughnuts and even bubble gum. oregonlive, "Child labor in palm oil industry tied to popular U.S. brands, including Girl Scout cookies," 30 Dec. 2020 His work also draws on popular culture with images of Halloween masks, board games, LPs, bubble gum, beauty queens, TV dinners, matchbooks, neon signs and, of course, Marilyn Monroe. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Open Studio Hartford won’t be in person, but you can visit local artists and buy their work online through January," 25 Nov. 2020 In this case, chewy bubble gum that keeps the fun going—and both the gum and the lolli are animal product-free. Taylyn Washington-harmon, Health.com, "The 31 Best Vegan Candies—Just in Time for Halloween," 16 Oct. 2020 The Prestige 14 in Rose Pink embraces its pinkness like a piece of Hubba Bubba bubble gum. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "MSI Prestige and Summit laptops add 11th-gen Tiger Lake, PCIe 4.0 SSDs and more," 4 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of bubblegum

Adjective

1969, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bubblegum was in 1937

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24 Feb 2021

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“Bubblegum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bubblegum. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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bubble gum

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bubble gum

: a type of gum that you chew and that can be blown into large bubbles

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