Definition of candyman in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkandēˌman/

noun (plural candymen)

North American informal
A person who sells illegal drugs.
Example sentences
  • Some were junkies, prowling the streets, looking for sweets from their candyman.
  • Almost immediately, a scruffy youth approached me, his unkempt appearance readily identifying him as a candyman.


Mid 19th century: from candy + man, an earlier sense denoting a ragman who gave toffee in exchange for goods.

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Syllabification: can·dy·man

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