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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writes sugary lyrics for singers of country music
Recent Examples on the Web And increased regulations on tobacco and the decline of sugary drinks will continue to chip away at the areas convenience stores have long relied on to grow. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "America's new favorite restaurants are Wawa, Sheetz and 7-Eleven," 12 Jan. 2020 Picture glamorous people mingling with sugary cocktails in hand. Maya Singer, Vogue, "My Best Dating Story," 8 Feb. 2019 All those sugary cocktails with suggestive names that are just headache-inducing. Nina Metz,, "My worst moment: 'NCIS's Brian Dietzen and rehearsal after his 21st birthday," 24 Apr. 2018 Taxes on sugary drinks can discourage their consumption, while food-stamp programs could be modified to make fruits and vegetables cheaper. Molly Schnell, The Conversation, "Eliminating food deserts won’t help poorer Americans eat healthier," 2 Dec. 2019 Upgrade from carb-heavy beer or sugary mixed drinks to antioxidant-rich red wine, enjoyed as part of a healthy meal. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "What Is the 'Blue Zone' Diet? A Nutritionist Explains the Eating Plan That May Help You Live Longer and Healthier," 12 Dec. 2019 But because people are increasingly concerned about what goes into their bodies, Churba believes his option to sugary sports drinks is gaining fans. Cindy Krischer Goodman,, "Pickle juice is a big dill for athletes. Here’s why they’re chugging it," 3 Dec. 2019 Those most likely to be sugary, Bertozzi and her colleagues found, are small RNAs known as Y RNAs, which don’t code for proteins, but appear to play a part in DNA replication. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Sugar-coated RNAs could ‘alter the face of biochemistry as we know it’—if they’re real," 2 Oct. 2019 And in the wine country of central France, the grapes withered to raisins on the vine, so sugary the wine made from them was syrupy and extra-alcoholic. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "Climate change is changing the flavor of French wine," 30 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of sugary

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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27 Jan 2020

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“Sugary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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