sug·​ary ˈshu̇-g(ə-)rē How to pronounce sugary (audio)
: exaggeratedly sweet : honeyed
his sugary deprecating voiceD. H. Lawrence
: cloyingly sweet : sentimental
: containing, resembling, or tasting of sugar

Examples of sugary in a Sentence

writes sugary lyrics for singers of country music
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Word History

First Known Use

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of sugary was in 1591

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“Sugary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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sug·​ary ˈshu̇g-(ə-)rē How to pronounce sugary (audio)
: too sweetly sentimental
: containing, resembling, or tasting of sugar

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