bub·ble·gum | \ˈbə-bəl-ˌgəm \

Definition of bubblegum 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: appealing to or characteristic of preteens or adolescents bubblegum fashions

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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 \ : rock music having simple repetitive phrasings and intended especially for young teenagers

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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 The swell of the foot-stomping chorus combined with the bubblegum pop of 1D makes for one of the most effective and singular songs in the band’s catalog. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Greatest Boy Band Songs of All Time: Critics' Picks," 23 Apr. 2018 And, of course, there's a bright, bubblegum-pink mask made in honor of Pinkie Pie. Marci Robin, Allure, "GlamGlow to Launch My Little Pony Face Masks in April," 16 Mar. 2018 And even far below the mainstream, in punk, D.I.Y. and experimental circles, many of the best rock songs embraced electronic heartbeats, bubblegum pop, laptop-friendly sampling, or on the flipside, chillingly sparse production. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 25 Best Rock Songs of 2017: Critics' Picks," 20 Dec. 2017 Music Though the audience was engaged by the technical feats of the concert, Perry's catchy bubblegum pop was the main draw. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland.com, "Katy Perry puts on whirlwind of a concert at The Q (photos, highlights)," 10 Dec. 2017 The charts heaved with bubblegum pop, slick R&B, and the first stirrings of disco. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Tom Petty: Southern Boy, American Man," 3 Oct. 2017 Very few bands can claim to be equally revered by lovers of psych, mod, ska, punk, funk, R&B, disco, glam, and bubblegum pop, and had a racially integrated lineup in the turbulent 60s—and had hits. Steve Krakow, Chicago Reader, "Unequaled excitement hits the windy city as Derv Gordon of cult UK band the Equals plays a rare gig," 22 Sep. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Proponents of the ban pointed to some 7,000 products, including those with flavors said to be particularly alluring to young users like bubble gum, chicken and waffles, and unicorn milk. Jan Hoffman, New York Times, "San Francisco Voters Uphold Ban on Flavored Vaping Products," 6 June 2018 There’s also a bubble gum blowing contest, a strawberry ice cream licking contest, a cupcake decorating contest (new) and a 5K Berry Big Walk/Run. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "6 food festivals that offer a glimpse of Wisconsin specialties and local culture," 6 June 2018 As a teenager, Kaizer asked her grandmother for a bridal magazine subscription for Hanukkah, and reading the magazines by flashlight in her bubble gum pink bedroom was a highlight of her adolescence. Carmen Rosy Hall, Vogue, "L.A.’s Favorite Vintage Bridal Boutique Launches Online With Hand-Picked Home Goods," 18 May 2018 Check out their Prairie Vixen Hefeweizen beer, with hints of banana, clove and bubble gum. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Hikes and hops: The best hiking trail and brewery pairs in Illinois," 17 Aug. 2017

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1969, in the meaning defined above


1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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