Definition of candyman in English:


Syllabification: can·dy·man
Pronunciation: /ˈkandēˌman

noun (plural candymen)

North American informal
  • A person who sells illegal drugs.
    More 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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