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 bubblegum (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 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 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What the American people need to understand is that Congress can walk and chew bubble gum at the same time. Author: Aaron Blake, Anchorage Daily News, "Winners and losers from the latest Democratic debate," 21 Nov. 2019 The man was grateful for the kit, but his thoughts came out in an incoherent jumble, touching on manufacturing rifles and bubble gum to missile defense and working for an intelligence agency and aerospace companies and the Cuban missile crisis. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, "Veterans Day search-and-rescue mission targets District’s homeless," 12 Nov. 2019 Azar’s September announcement went further than FDA draft guidance from March that said the agency was planning to target flavors such as bubble gum and fruit, but not tobacco, mint and menthol. Washington Post, "Trump Considers Retreat From Ban of Mint, Menthol Vaping Flavors," 25 Oct. 2019 And some cotton candy and bubble gum flavors contained aldehydes, a class of chemicals that can cause airway constriction. Emily Baumgaertner, Anchorage Daily News, "The FDA tried to ban flavors years before the vaping outbreak. Top Obama officials nixed the plan.," 1 Oct. 2019 This shaky line, held together by bubble gum and duct tape, allowed UCF to record six tackles for loss and six quarterback hurries. C.j. Peterson, The Mercury News, "Takeaways from Stanford’s 45-27 loss to 17th-ranked UCF," 14 Sep. 2019 The initial flavor you experience is not mustard, but sweet hints of cotton candy and bubble gum ice cream. Shay Spence, PEOPLE.com, "French's Created a Mustard-Flavored Ice Cream and We Reluctantly Tasted It," 31 July 2019 In his later years, Bouton struck it rich by helping to invent Big League Chew, the bubble gum packaged to look like the chewing tobacco seen in most ballplayers' mouths. Alex Johnson, NBC News, "Jim Bouton, Yankees pitcher whose 'Ball Four' blew the whistle on baseball, dies at 80," 11 July 2019 General manager Jerry Smith oversees a crew that produces a thousand gallons of ice cream weekly, some 300 3-gallon tubs in 46 flavors, everything from bubble gum to Grape Nuts. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "SummerTimeOut: At Jaxson’s Ice Cream, cool things come to those who wait," 16 July 2019

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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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“Bubblegum.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bubblegum. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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