any of a variety of confections made with sugar, syrup, etc., often combined with chocolate, fruit, nuts, etc.
a single piece of such a confection.
Slang. cocaine.
someone or something that is pleasing or pleasurable, usually in a superficial way (often used in combination):
eye candy.
to cook in sugar or syrup, as sweet potatoes or carrots.
to cook in heavy syrup until transparent, as fruit, fruit peel, or ginger.
to reduce (sugar, syrup, etc.) to a crystalline form, usually by boiling down.
to coat with sugar:
to candy dates.
to make sweet, palatable, or agreeable.
to become covered with sugar.
to crystallize into sugar.
a female given name.
Contemporary Examples

Yes, The Debate Moderator Screwed Up. That’s Life. Megan McArdle October 16, 2012
Candy Crowley Correction of Romney Over Benghazi Fuels Fury in Right Wing Jesse Singal October 16, 2012
‘Donnie Darko,’ ‘Mean Girls’ & More Halloween Movie Scenes (VIDEO) Abby Haglage October 30, 2012
From ‘Colbert’ to ‘SNL’ to Kiss Cam, Tom Hanks’s Funniest Viral Moments (VIDEOS) Kevin Fallon October 26, 2012
Will Cotton’s New Paintings of Katy Perry Isabel Wilkinson January 13, 2011

Historical Examples

Little Frankie at His Plays Madeline Leslie
Woman’s Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5 Woman’s Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Yesterdays with Authors James T. Fields
Woman’s Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5 Woman’s Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
The Story of a Candy Rabbit Laura Lee Hope

noun (pl) -dies
(mainly US & Canadian) confectionery in general; sweets, chocolate, etc
a person or thing that is regarded as being attractive but superficial: arm candy
(informal) like taking candy from a baby, very easy to accomplish
verb -dies, -dying, -died
to cause (sugar, etc) to become crystalline, esp by boiling or (of sugar) to become crystalline through boiling
to preserve (fruit peel, ginger, etc) by boiling in sugar
to cover with any crystalline substance, such as ice or sugar

Cocaine or hashish (narcotics 1900+)
A sugar cube soaked with lsd; LSD (1960s+ Narcotics)
Any barbiturate drug; drugs in general (1960s+ Narcotics)
Something easily done; breeze, cinch, piece of cake (1940s+)


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