Make something unpleasant more palatable, as in There would be no Christmas bonus this year but management sugared the pill by giving workers extra vacation time over the holidays. [ Late 1700s ]
noun 1. a piece of cloth containing moist sugar, wrapped to resemble a nipple and used to pacify an infant.
noun, (usually used with a plural verb) 1. small tongs used for serving cubed sugar. noun See sugar nippers
noun, Chiefly South Midland U.S. 1. a sugar maple.
adjective 1. of, containing, or resembling sugar. 2. sweet; excessively sweet. 3. honeyed; cloying; deceitfully agreeable: sugary words of greeting. adjective 1. of, like, or containing sugar 2. containing too much sugar; excessively sweet 3. deceptively pleasant; insincere