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

writes sugary lyrics for singers of country music
Recent Examples on the Web Since the trees are naturally shaped like a triangle, dyeing the branches orange, yellow, and white gives them a strong resemblance to the sugary treat. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "Candy Corn-Inspired Bottle-Brush Trees Are Here Just in Time for Halloween," 25 Sep. 2020 Participating in strenuous exercise and following a strict diet are the obvious ways to accelerate weight loss, along with staying hydrated, eating more greens, and avoiding sugary drinks. Daily Health Reports, Chron, "Meticore Reviews (2021 Updated) Diet Pills Supplement with Real Ingredients or Side Effects?," 4 Feb. 2021 The kind of big, sweet apples that have been bred for eating, like Red and Golden Delicious, are far too sugary and watery. New York Times, "America’s First Moonshine, Applejack, Returns in Sleeker Style," 2 Feb. 2021 Free refills of sugary soft drinks in restaurants will also be banned. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "England is finding new ways to crack down on unhealthy foods," 28 Dec. 2020 Over the years since that first encounter, his music — a blend of sugary pop hooks and space-age soundscapes — has become synonymous with the city for me. Sebastian Modak, New York Times, "How to Pretend You’re in Tokyo," 15 Jan. 2021 Sometimes, the sequence doesn’t change, and viral proteins are still recognized by antibodies, but those proteins are shielded by a type of sugary compound called a glycan. Gregory Barber, Wired, "Can an AI Predict the Language of Viral Mutation?," 14 Jan. 2021 Cake Boss star Buddy Valastro — most famous for his TV-famous sugary concoctions — attributed his dramatic weight loss to following the program. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "What Is the Optavia Diet? Why You Should Skip It for Weight Loss, According to a Dietitian," 24 Nov. 2020 Things like sodas and highly processed, sugary granola bars can give you a quick jolt of energy, but then leave you seriously dragging. Jenny Mccoy, Glamour, "How Long Should You Wait to Workout After Eating?," 19 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of sugary

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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28 Feb 2021

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“Sugary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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