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

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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 Also, eating a lot of high-fat meats, dairy products and eggs or rich desserts and sugary sweets may cause constipation., "A caregiver's guide to constipation," 24 Apr. 2018 The sugary series started yesterday with Tharpe's donut. Anne Nickoloff,, "Brewnuts rolls out Rock Hall-themed donuts for Induction Week," 11 Apr. 2018 And those of us who no longer live at home — or happen to be young children anymore — waking up this Sunday morning to sugary and pastel-colored sweets probably isn't a reality., "4 Adult Easter Basket Ideas That You Can Throw Together Last-Minute," 26 Mar. 2018 The researchers didn’t survey some popular stores that devote little shelf space to sugary beverages, such as Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and PCC Community Markets. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Nearly all of Seattle’s soda tax is being passed on to consumers, new report shows," 8 Jan. 2019 And one city made sugary beverages more expensive so people would drink less soda. Byrd Pinkerton, Vox, "13 of Vox’s best podcast episodes of 2018," 6 Dec. 2018 Photo: Ed Wray/Getty Images Bottled-water sales have boomed in recent decades amid safety fears about tap water and a shift away from sugary drinks. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "Plastic Water Bottles, Which Enabled a Drinks Boom, Now Threaten a Crisis," 12 Dec. 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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