sug·ary | \ˈshu̇-g(ə-)rē \

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

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And much like that sugary boardwalk treat, the color scheme for many varieties of these popular flowers runs from blue to pink, sometimes even within the same plant. Tom Avril,, "What makes hydrangeas blue or pink? Playing defense," 26 June 2018 The fresh, warm dough was light, cakey and buttery, and the sugary glaze dissolved on my tongue. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "Are Homemade Doughnuts Worth the Effort and Fire Hazard?," 13 July 2018 Best of all, the lemonade itself ($3 for 16 ounces) was delicious, tart, refreshing and not too sugary. Alex Kiesig, idahostatesman, "'I love this city': Eat your way through the Capital City Public Market," 6 July 2018 Who wants a retro breakfast: One of Toy Story Land’s most unexpected features is a food item: sugary pastries like Pop-Tarts, a still-popular snack introduced by Kellogg in 1964. Marjie Lambert, miamiherald, "Who are the real brains behind Disney's Toy Story Land? Not Buzz Lightyear," 29 June 2018 At the rally, vendors hawking straw hats and sugary churros weave their way through the crowd, focused more on profits than on political promises. Whitney Eulich, The Christian Science Monitor, "Mexico's man of the people – with an ego," 29 June 2018 When dealing with skincare concerns, these products are infinitely more effective than chugging a glass of orange juice, a sugary yet undeniably delicious beverage popular in Florida. Adam Hurly, GQ, "The Best Vitamin C Products for Having Clear, Healthy Skin," 29 June 2018 If artificial fruit flavoring is your bag, this jaw-breaking, ultra-sugary treat is for you. Pam Kragen,, "Fair aims for sweet success this summer," 16 May 2018 Philadelphia, Seattle and Boulder, Colorado also have taxes on sugary drinks. NBC News, "California bows to beverage industry, blocks soda taxes," 29 June 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

: showing or expressing a pleasant emotion in a way that seems excessive and false : too sweet


sug·ary | \ˈshu̇-gə-rē, 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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