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 Turns out, all of our favorite stars are getting a little boost in length that no diet or gummy vitamins can replicate. Jennifer Chan,, 27 Sep. 2021 The cold rice was gummy, though, and sparsely seasoned. Amy Drew Thompson,, 2 Sep. 2021 The gummy vitamins market has seen significant expansion in recent years and is expected to reach $9.3 billion by 2026, up from its $5.7 billion value in 2018, according to Allied Market Research. Dallas News, 30 Aug. 2021 But my favorite snacks are Goldfish crackers and Haribo gummy bears. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, 14 Sep. 2021 The global gummy vitamins market is projected to reach $9.3 billion by 2026, compared with $5.7 billion in 2018, according to an Allied Market Research report released last year. Jared S. Hopkins, WSJ, 29 Aug. 2021 Another one was gummy vitamins shaped like skateboards. David Marchesephoto Illustration By Bráulio Amado, New York Times, 20 May 2021 In the fiercest Furiosa mode, even two-thirds of the accelerator's travel pins your spine to your seat in a wash of acceleration as the gummy Michelins fight desperately to adhere to the tarmac. Basem Wasef, Car and Driver, 30 Aug. 2021 The all-cash deal, which is expected to be announced Monday morning, would expand Catalent’s manufacturing capabilities for vitamins, minerals and supplements to make them in gummy form, the people said. Jared S. Hopkins, WSJ, 29 Aug. 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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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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