gum·​ball ˈgəm-ˌbȯl How to pronounce gumball (audio)
plural gumballs
: a ball of chewing gum in a candied shell
Ah, the gumball machine. That tempting, rainbow-hued orb of treats that lurks outside every supermarket, dry cleaner and amusement park in America. Just a quarter gets you a sweet treat to bubble and stretch as you please, but how long has that gumball been sitting there?Melissa Kravitz

Examples of gumball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The online marketplace sells used cars that customers can pick up in a giant vending machine Facebook Show more sharing options Back in the day, a silver quarter and the crank of a metal nob got you a gumball shooting down a spiral slide. Natallie Rocha, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Feb. 2024 The short video showed daughter Dream dancing in front of a gumball machine with her name on it. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 16 Jan. 2024 It’s finished in a gleaming coat of Ferrari’s trademark Rosso Corsa and has a white racing gumball adorned with the number 81. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 10 Jan. 2024 This particular example—which is finished in silver with white racing gumballs—was the first to claim victory, at the 1954 French Grand Prix. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 5 Dec. 2023 The Popsicle brand confirmed to PEOPLE that the classic Spongebob popsicle will no longer have gumball eyes. Antonia Debianchi, Peoplemag, 29 June 2023 The SpongeBob popsicle no longer has gumball eyes Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Li Goldstein, Bon Appétit, 16 June 2023 But the Performante's ace in the hole is its tires, Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R quasi-competition track-loving gumballs with a 60-treadwear rating that undercuts the 80-treadwear Pirelli Corsas on Porsche's Turbo GT. Dan Edmunds, Car and Driver, 1 May 2023 As for why snowy owls tend to gather crowds more than, say, a sparrow, some credit their presence — gumball eyes and curious heads — or their personalities. Morgan Greene,, 1 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gumball was in 1855

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“Gumball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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