gum·​drop ˈgəm-ˌdräp How to pronounce gumdrop (audio)
: a sugar-coated candy made usually from corn syrup with gelatin or gum arabic

Examples of gumdrop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The texture was different for each flavor—the açai-grape was chewier (like a Welch’s Fruit Snack), while the strawberry was tougher (like a gumdrop). Kate Kassin, Bon Appétit, 7 May 2024 One of those quick gift ideas is a dark or milk chocolate Grab N Go Bag ($24.95), a collection of strawberry gumdrops, M&M’s chocolate bark, nonpareils and a box of artisan chocolates wrapped in cellophane and tied with a satin ribbon. Rachel Bernhard, Journal Sentinel, 8 Feb. 2024 In January, a French tourist found a 7.46-carat brown diamond, about the size of a candy gumdrop, the largest since 2020 and the eighth-largest diamond ever found in the Crater of Diamonds. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024 Round and deep chocolate-y brown, the diamond is about the size of a gumdrop candy, according to the park. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Jan. 2024 Jekyll Island Mini Golf has transformed into Peppermint Land, decorated with giant gumdrops and gingerbread men to make your game even sweeter. Brandee Gruener, Southern Living, 4 Dec. 2023 The whimsical board game features landmarks like a candy cane forest and gumdrop mountains and colorful characters like Mr. Mint and Princess Frostine. Julianne Hilmes Bartlett, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Mar. 2022 This sampler box features three sparkling gumdrop flavors: Sparkling Pomegranate, Elderflower Grapefruit, and Pear Ginger. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 25 Apr. 2023 But all is not sunshine and gumdrops in Candy Land. Christopher Borrelli, Chicago Tribune, 25 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gumdrop was in 1860

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“Gumdrop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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gum·​drop -ˌdräp How to pronounce gumdrop (audio)
: a candy made usually from corn syrup with gelatin or gum arabic and coated with sugar crystals

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