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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 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 11 Best Body Highlighters and Bronzers to Make Your Skin Shine Bright Like a Diamond," 23 May 2018 Headed up by rapper/singer/songwriter/designer G-Dragon, their back catalog includes ballads, bubblegum pop, and anthemic EDM bangers, all of which are worth looking into. Taylor Glasby, Teen Vogue, "The K-Pop Beginner's Guide: BTS, Girls' Generation, and More," 23 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Since her debut as Hannah Montana in 2006, the singer's personal style has evolved over and over again from bubble gum teen pop star to country sweetheart, '90s club kid, and various infamous style moments in-between. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miley Cyrus’ DIY T-Shirt Just Sent a Powerful Message On Gun Control," 11 Dec. 2018 Some vaping products come in flavors with names like bubble gum and cotton candy, leading to criticism that the industry is marketing e-cigarettes to children. Mike Stobbe, The Seattle Times, "Juul halts store sales of some flavored e-cigarettes," 14 Nov. 2018 Longtime bus operators still talk about McLaughlin, who was known to give bubble gum to customers. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Buses will pause Friday to remember Metro Transit driver fatally shot in 1998 on Aurora Bridge," 21 Nov. 2018 Manufacturers offer and market e-cigarette flavors that appeal to minors, including candy, bubble gum and fruit flavors. Fox News, "FDA mulls ban on flavored e-cigarettes," 12 Sep. 2018 Then Bauer chimed in: More musings about how spin rate might be affected by bubble gum or pine tar followed. Billy Witz, New York Times, "How Is the Astros’ Pitching So Good? Trevor Bauer Has Theories," 1 May 2018 My craving was driven by the waxy feel of Topps’s red-and-yellow packaging, the lingering perfume of bubble gum on card surfaces and the foolish belief that a Mickey Mantle card was just a nickel away. Marc Myers, WSJ, "Baseball Cards Are Swinging for the Digital Age," 27 Apr. 2018 Makeup artist Patrick Ta shared a behind-the-scenes capture of the super's latest look, which took its cues from her vivid, bubble gum-colored evening dress. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Rules the Beach in the Riskiest Neon Makeup Shade Yet," 2 July 2018 Turning into a magical superhuman who has bubble gum instead of bones? 7. Elisa, Seventeen, "8 Unbelievable Photos Every "Dancing With the Stars" Fan Needs to See of Nastia Liukin," 6 Apr. 2015

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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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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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