can·​dy-coat ˈkan-dē-ˌkōt How to pronounce candy-coat (audio)
variants or less commonly candy coat
candy-coated also candy coated; candy-coating also candy coating; candy-coats also candy coats

transitive verb

: to coat (food) in sugar and often other ingredients (such as flavoring or coloring)
candy-coated the pecans
a process for candy-coating chocolates
: to make (something that is disagreeable, difficult, or harsh) seem more pleasant, attractive, or acceptable : sugarcoat sense 2
Although Capra characterized his films as "Sermons on the Mount," he knew how to candy-coat the morals with laughter.Mark Goodman et al.
… I recommended a pair of tours that celebrate the best of Venice's traditions without candy-coating its complexities or exploiting its extremes.Matthew Jaffe
Elsewhere on the album, he candy-coats some of the most hopeless lyrics by adding vocal harmonies …Kalefa Sanneh

Word History

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of candy-coat was in 1930

Dictionary Entries Near candy-coat

Cite this Entry

“Candy-coat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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