ear candy

noun

Definition of ear candy

  1. :  music that is pleasing to listen to but lacks depth

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Did You Know?

Ear candy made its debut (in print, at least) as the title of a 1977 album by pop singer Helen Reddy. The album has long since faded from the charts, but the term endures and it is now used widely enough to have gained entry into abridged dictionaries. Although "ear candy" is sometimes used critically to describe tunes that are considered "gooey," "sweet," or "saccharine," the people who make the music and their fans find it tasty. As one 90s band member sagely put it, does it really matter if ear candy "isn't about the secret of life"?

First Known Use of ear candy

1977


EAR CANDY Defined for English Language Learners

ear candy

noun

Definition of ear candy for English Language Learners

  • : music that is pleasing to listen to but is not serious or interesting

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