sug·​ar·​coat ˈshu̇-gər-ˌkōt How to pronounce sugarcoat (audio)
sugarcoated; sugarcoating; sugarcoats

transitive verb

: to coat with sugar
: to make superficially attractive or palatable

Example Sentences

She has very strong opinions, and she doesn't try to sugarcoat them.
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Word History


back-formation from sugarcoated

First Known Use

1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sugarcoat was in 1858

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Cite this Entry

“Sugarcoat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


sug·​ar·​coat ˌshu̇g-ər-ˈkōt How to pronounce sugarcoat (audio)
: to coat with or as if with sugar

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