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 gummy (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 noun There 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 These are great and will appeal to most gummy candy fans. Los Angeles Times, 9 July 2021 Others looked nearly identical to a gummy worm brand. Howard Koplowitz |, al, 25 June 2021 The end product is a gummy, poisonous net called a neutrophil extracellular trap, or NET, that can massacre scores of microbes at once. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 17 June 2021 Dear Readers: To loosen a gummy price tag from a glass or ceramic piece, try a warm hair dryer. Washington Post, 29 May 2021 Sure enough, the judges find Gabriel’s cauli-tots gummy and salty, and Maria’s Sonora dog wins another point for the Green Team. oregonlive, 30 Apr. 2021 Champagne teddy bears, mint and lime flavored gummy leaves, sour lemon gumdrops, and crème brulee almonds are among the selections., 20 Apr. 2021 While many users prefer edibles, acquiring their high through chocolate, cookies or gummy bears, old-school pot consumers still light up. Christopher Keating,, 29 June 2021 It isn’t rooted in a diet of those special gummy bears that are not yet legally available in Texas. Scott Burns, Dallas News, 20 June 2021

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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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20 Jul 2021

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“Gummy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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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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