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

writes sugary lyrics for singers of country music

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More The company’s $5 billion acquisition of British chain Costa Coffee, announced in August, is part of a yearslong effort to shift its portfolio away from sugary beverages and toward premium, faster-growing categories. Aaron Back, WSJ, "Coca-Cola: Safe Bet for Uncertain Times," 30 Oct. 2018 The bill doesn’t outright ban sugary beverages and would still allow customer to request alternative options, like soda and juice, the Modesto Bee reports. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "California bill seeks to ban sugary drinks from kids' menus," 21 Aug. 2018 Data from Mexico and Berkeley — where taxes have been implemented in 2013 and 2014 — have shown declines in sales of sugary drinks. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Coca-Cola and Pepsi’s deceptive tactic to stop soda taxes worked in Washington state," 7 Nov. 2018 Sold at mall kiosks across America, it’s made by pouring liquid nitrogen over a snack food, such as cheese puffs or sugary cereal, which freezes it instantly to a very cold temperature, typically around negative-320 degrees Fahrenheit. Maura Judkis, The Seattle Times, "Dragon’s Breath snacks make you exhale ‘smoke’ — and they’re sending teens to the hospital," 7 Aug. 2018 The plastic straw, a once ubiquitous accessory for frosty summer drinks and sugary sodas, has been falling out of favor in recent years, faced with a growing backlash over its effect on the environment. Christina Caron, New York Times, "Starbucks to Stop Using Disposable Plastic Straws by 2020," 9 July 2018 Philadelphia residents were 40% less likely to report drinking sugary soda each day after the tax was passed, and 64% less likely to drink energy drinks. Alexandra Sifferlin, Time, "Does Taxing Soda Actually Stop People from Drinking It?," 12 Apr. 2018 And even some politicians are joining the fray, trying to impose restrictions on purchases of sugary foods and drinks by SNAP recipients. Alfred Lubrano,, "Attacking people in poverty for buying birthday cakes and other treats with food stamps," 17 June 2018 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

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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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