sug·​ary | \ ˈshu̇-g(ə-)rē How to pronounce sugary (audio) \

Definition of sugary

1a : exaggeratedly sweet : honeyed his sugary deprecating voice— D. H. Lawrence
b : cloyingly sweet : sentimental
2 : containing, resembling, or tasting of sugar

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Examples of sugary in a Sentence

writes sugary lyrics for singers of country music

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Thus began my resolution to eat less sugary snacks. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "I Started Snacking Differently at Work and Got WAY More Productive," 20 Mar. 2019 Self-care can look like blocking out time for a date with a partner, or planning healthy meals instead of reaching for sugary snacks. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Yes, It's Trendy Right Now — But What Exactly Is Self-Care?," 14 Jan. 2019 The Times article also draws a comparison to Twinkies, the sugary snack that has since been transformed into a bona fide legal term. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Christine Blasey Ford’s Coke bottle, O.J. Simpson’s Bronco, and the inevitability of brands," 28 Sep. 2018 The sugary pink color of her dress conjured a certain optimism—much like the work Kondo does for her clients on the daily. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Is Marie Kondo the Breakout Red Carpet Star at the Oscars?," 24 Feb. 2019 The sugary, cakey, melt-in-your-mouth drops are like supersized donut holes dipped in glaze. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Road Trip: 5 Days from New Orleans to Houston," 19 July 2018 Its excess roughage prevented me from getting to the addictive chewy bits of sugary Chinese mustard condiment candy at the bottom of the plate. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Intro Dim Sum is mostly single-note," 12 May 2017 The same chunky crystal headpieces showed up in hues that played off of each model’s personal color palette, from sugary-sweet lilac to bright ruby and deep magenta. Vogue, "Simone Rocha Crowned Chloe Sevigny in Her Signature Sparkling Hair Accessories," 16 Feb. 2019 There were exceptions, but many confessed to craving and indulging in more carbs than usual, especially sugary sweets. Molly Kimball,, "Alcohol Free for 40 results: Lives impacted by challenge," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of sugary

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of sugary was in 1591

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English Language Learners Definition of sugary

: tasting like sugar or containing a lot of sugar
disapproving : showing or expressing a pleasant emotion in a way that seems excessive and false : too sweet


sug·​ary | \ ˈshu̇-gə-rē How to pronounce sugary (audio) , ˈshu̇-grē\

Kids Definition of sugary

1 : containing a lot of sugar sugary breakfast cereals
2 : too sweetly sentimental a sugary song

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