can·​dy-coat·​ed ˈkan-dē-ˌkō-təd How to pronounce candy-coated (audio)
: covered with sugar and often other ingredients (such as flavoring or coloring)
candy-coated peanuts
a candy-coated chocolate
: suggestive of candy
especially : bright like the colors of candy
The glorious candy-coated visuals, swooping track design and soaring music haven't aged a day … Tom Hoggins
If you don't care about the fingerprint sensor, slow-motion video, or improved camera, then maybe the candy-coated colors of the iPhone 5c will be the best fit for you. Will Shanklin
: made to seem more pleasant, attractive, or acceptable
You seldom see anything but the most candy-coated view of poverty or rural life.Robert Bianco
Part of the appeal is its humor is clean enough to take a child to, yet not too candy-coated for adults, reviewers say.Annie Pierce Rusunen
… distrustful of any kind of candy-coated health message …David Colman
: having an easy appeal : causing no discomfort, concern, etc.
candy-coated pop songs
… their songs mostly homed in on undiluted pleasure and candy-coated escapism.Sasha Geffen
: sentimental, saccharine
candy-coated nostalgia

Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of candy-coated was in 1845

Dictionary Entries Near candy-coated

Cite this Entry

“Candy-coated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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