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 These gummy fruit slices are both gluten-free and vegan. Taylyn Washington-harmon,, "42 Gluten-Free Candies Everyone Will Love This Halloween," 15 Oct. 2020 Tami O’Malley built her board on a marble and wood paddle board ($60, World Market) and covered it with the Halloween classics: Candy corn, ghost-shape cookies, caramel corn, and gummy vampire teeth. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "These Ultra-Festive Candy 'Charcuterie' Boards Will Put Your Creativity on Display," 12 Oct. 2020 Both track specialists are two-seaters, ride on gummy Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber, have amazing do-it-yourself gearboxes, and feature two of the most special engines available on the market today. David Beard, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R Leaves a Lasting Impression," 7 Oct. 2020 For those late to the game, Waiters was suspended three times this season by the Heat for insubordination and conduct detrimental to the team, including after an episode on a team flight that apparently included a cannabis gummy ingestible. Ira Winderman,, "Here’s 5 things to watch for in Heat-Lakers NBA Finals, including LeBron, Riley, Butler . . . and Waiters," 29 Sep. 2020 On September 13, Southwest Airlines removed a mother and her 2-year-old son from their flight to Chicago because her son was eating gummy bears with his face mask under his chin as the flight pushed back from the gate and began to taxi. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "Mother who was kicked off a flight because her toddler wouldn't wear a mask wants airlines to change their policies," 23 Sep. 2020 The vibrant, tropical-blue Tipsy Zombie cocktail is made with Bacardi Superior, a float of Midori, and is garnished with a gummy brain. Mary Honkus,, "Drink 'Em If You Dare: Applebee's Now Has Massive Halloween Cocktails for $5," 22 Sep. 2020 Nearly four years after Floridians voted to legalize medical marijuana, chocolates, cookies and gummy-like gels containing the drug are just becoming available at dispensaries in the state. Austin Fuller,, "Medical marijuana chocolates, cookies and gels hit the dispensary shelves in Florida," 21 Sep. 2020 Other eye-popping prices include a 32-ounce serving of gummy bears for $70 and 32 ounces of peanut M&Ms for $65. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Dallas Cowboys will sell barbecue, margaritas, fajitas for delivery or pick-up during pandemic," 9 Sep. 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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23 Oct 2020

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“Gummy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 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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