gum·​my | \ ˈgə-mē How to pronounce gummy (audio) \
gummier; gummiest

Definition of gummy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2a : consisting of or containing gum
b : covered with gum


gum·​my | \ ˈgə-mē How to pronounce gummy (audio) \
variants: or less commonly gummi \ ˈgə-​mē How to pronounce gummi (audio) , ˈgu̇-​ \
plural gummies also gummis

Definition of gummy (Entry 2 of 2)

: a chewy gelatin-based candy that is often flavored with fruit Yeah, an actual pear is going to be much more boring than a pear-flavored gummy, but kids need to learn about the disappointment of actually eating healthy early in life.— Mark Shrayber Store owners will start pulling CBD gummies and drinks off of their shelves in Washington.— Paige Browning But a few years ago, Japanese candy makers made the gummi softer and sweeter, creating an instant domestic market.— Yumiko Ono If you have to take multiple supplements every day—and especially if you have problems swallowing capsules or tablets—gummies can make that chore easier (and tastier), finds a 2017 report from the AARP.— Markham Heid often used before another nounThere are also numerous applications for gelatin in the food industry, from gummy candies to fat replacement.— Matthew K. RoyTrix may be for kids, but gummi vitamins? They're not restricted to the younger crowd anymore.— Marianne Mychaskiw

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Other Words from gummy


gumminess noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for gummy

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of gummy in a Sentence

Adjective How did you get your hands so gummy? the outside of the bottle was gummy with old dribbles of salad oil
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective An arriving officer was handed a baggie, which was quickly identified as an empty packet of gummy bears. John Benson, cleveland, "Homeowner confuses packet of gummy bears for baggie of medical marijuana: Strongsville Police Blotter," 20 May 2020 These days, its found in everything from body balm to gummy candies. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "These 7 CBD-Infused Wellness Gifts Are Worth Your Coins," 20 Apr. 2020 On the junk food and candy front, jelly beans, gummy bears, Doritos, and Cheetos are all typically viewed the same. David Yanofsky, Quartz, "The Covid-19 pandemic has made canned foods, shelf-stable milk, and vodka seem better," 15 Apr. 2020 At the heart of the discovery are small beads made of hydrogel, similar in feel and appearance to gummy candy, but packed with bacteria that feed on industrial pollutants and excrete harmless compounds. oregonlive, "OSU develops potentially ground-breaking approach to cleaning contaminated groundwater," 26 Mar. 2020 Amy’s Kitchen’s Pesto Tortellini Bowl is made with organic wheat-flour tortellini that’s stuffed with ricotta cheese for a satisfying bite that won’t get gummy or overcooked. Sunset Magazine, "The 99 Pantry Items We Can’t Live Without, from the Ultimate Olive Oil to Heirloom Turmeric," 25 Feb. 2020 Eventually he is challenged to a staring contest with a giant gummy, and as Cardigan gets out of the tub and dons a bathrobe to confront the big bear, he is transformed into a gummy man himself. Alex Blynn, Billboard, "Chaz Cardigan Embraces the Weird with His Gummy Bear-Laden 'Not OK!' Video: Premiere," 23 Jan. 2020 The chemical, derived from the Cannabis sativa plant and better known as CBD, is now found in chocolates, gummy candies, sodas and more. Jay Greene, Washington Post, "Amazon prohibits CBD sales, but it’s still easy to buy on the site," 19 Dec. 2019 My backpack looks like something packed by a 9-year-old attempting to run away: box of granola bars, peach iced tea, gummy bears and numerous bottles of seltzer. Jordan Runtagh,, "The Storming of Area 51: A Covert Journey to the Heart of America’s Worst-Kept Secret," 13 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of gummy


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1981, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gummy


short for gummy bear, borrowed from German Gummibär "fruit-flavored gelatin candy in the shape of a bear (originally made by the German confectioner Haribo)," from Gummi "rubber," earlier also "resin, gum" (going back to Middle High German, borrowed from Latin cummi, gummi) + Bär "bear," going back to Middle High German ber, going back to Old High German pero, bēr — more at gum entry 3, bear entry 1

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The first known use of gummy was in the 14th century

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26 May 2020

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“Gummy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gummy

: made of, containing, or covered with gum or a sticky or chewy substance


gum·​my | \ ˈgə-mē How to pronounce gummy (audio) \
gummier; gummiest

Kids Definition of gummy

: consisting of or covered with gum or a sticky or chewy substance


gum·​my | \ ˈgəm-ē How to pronounce gummy (audio) \
gummier; gummiest

Medical Definition of gummy

1 : consisting of or containing gum
2 : being viscous or sticky

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