eye candy

noun

Definition of eye candy

: something superficially attractive to look at

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Synonyms for eye candy

Synonyms

candyfloss [British], cotton candy, tinsel

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Examples of eye candy in a Sentence

A lot of the material on their Web site is just eye candy. a fashionable portrait painter in his day, he is now regarded as a minor purveyor of eye candy

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Clever companies are now fusing Instagram’s eye candy with the immediacy of text shopping. Rebecca Malinsky, WSJ, "Hate Shopping? New Texting Services Will Simplify Your Life," 17 Dec. 2018 Yet the biggest showcase sequences are utter eye candy, and their visual gags stand on their own—or drive hilarious repartee. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Wreck-It Ralph 2 review: Everything we wish Ready Player One had been," 21 Nov. 2018 This is eye candy for the design buff, ideal for browsing on a cold winter’s day. Ann Landi, WSJ, "What to Give: Books on Design," 15 Nov. 2018 This isn’t to say that The Favourite is devoid of sartorial eye candy, far from it. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Though They Look Regal, Sandy Powell’s Costumes for The Favourite Are Grounded in Reality," 20 Nov. 2018 Flowers like African violets, Phalaenopsis orchids, and kalanchoe do especially well indoors, but textured leaves might provide more consistent eye candy in between blooms. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: Answer These Questions and We’ll Tell You Your Houseplant Soulmate," 21 Aug. 2018 Counter Strike: Global Offensive runs just as well, but a graphics-intense title like Rainbow Six: Siege requires some settings tweaks, to a lower resolution with less eye candy. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 review: jack of all trades," 2 July 2018 Treat him to some eye candy at the 17th annual Corvette, Chevy and Street Rod Father's Day Charity Car Show in Libertyville. Larry Nutson, chicagotribune.com, "Treat Dad to a Corvette (show) on Father's Day," 16 June 2017 Voilá: a movie that will satisfy your deepest craving for eye candy without a shred of nourishment. Michael O’sullivan, kansascity, "In ‘Skyscraper,’ Dwayne Johnson’s charisma elevates a dumb movie," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of eye candy

1978, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of eye candy was in 1978

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eye candy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of eye candy

informal : someone or something that is attractive but is not serious or interesting

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