gummy

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adjective

gum·​my ˈgə-mē How to pronounce gummy (audio)
gummier; gummiest
1
2
a
: consisting of or containing gum
b
: covered with gum
gumminess noun

gummy

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noun

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
: 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

Example Sentences

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
The company, Gummi World, produces gummy vitamins and custom dietary supplements. Sasha Hupka, The Arizona Republic, 3 Jan. 2023 These gummy vitamins are packed with biotin, vitamin C, zinc, and other nutrients that promote healthy hair growth. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 5 Nov. 2022 Penguin CBD's full spectrum gummy worms are perfect for you! Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 15 Dec. 2022 Plastic resin necklaces in the shape of gummy candies and fruit are the perfect way to add a touch of kidcore to your 'fits. Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 6 Dec. 2022 Markus sits alone, feet dangling from the runner, eating gummy worms. Oliver Munday, The Atlantic, 15 Oct. 2022 Nine of a total of 40 items tested contained less THC than advertised, but one gummy with a label claiming a potency of 100 milligrams of THC for each piece was actually double the amount, the analysis found. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 1 Dec. 2022 Merry and Bright, gummy-like pâte de fruits flavored with red wine, cinnamon and orange and lemon zest, which is vegan. Elaine Rewolinski, Journal Sentinel, 12 Dec. 2022 The sergeant said details including how many gummies each student ingested and how much THC or other cannabinoids each gummy contained were not known Wednesday night and are part of the ongoing investigation. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1981, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Gummy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gummy. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

gummy

adjective
gum·​my gəm-ē How to pronounce gummy (audio)
gummier; gummiest
1
: consisting of, containing, or covered with gum
2
gumminess noun

Medical Definition

gummy

adjective
gum·​my ˈgəm-ē How to pronounce gummy (audio)
gummier; gummiest
1
: consisting of or containing gum
2
: being viscous or sticky

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