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fruity Syllabification: fruit·y
Pronunciation: /ˈfro͞odē/

Definition of fruity in English:

adjective (fruitier, fruitiest)

1(Especially of food or drink) of, resembling, or containing fruit: a light and fruity Beaujolais
More example sentences
  • The flavour is first fruity, then malty, then nothing with a finish like water (very refreshing but no after taste).
  • ‘Some of them provide a much more fruity flavour,’ Tony explained.
  • At its best, this is a smooth, silky, red wine with either spicy flavours like cinnamon and black pepper or big, ripe, fruity red berry flavours like raspberry or blackberry.
2(Of a voice or sound) mellow, deep, and rich: Jeff had a wonderfully fruity voice
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  • All were marked by their quintessential Englishness - their rich, fruity voices take some getting used to if you watch them on video today.
  • He laughs at the idea of miso soup and rice becoming as ubiquitous as spaghetti and minestrone; he has a great, deep, fruity laugh.
  • Soprano Juliane Banse's fruity voice is neither childish nor stereotypically innocent, but her diction and sensitivity to words are exquisite.
2.1British informal Sexually suggestive in content or style.
Example sentences
  • So, to recap: that's two Canadians, two Scots, and two filthy fruity sexpots.
  • Trouble is, it has all become a bit fruity and earthy, despite the best efforts of the SRU to keep it clean and wholesome.
  • I've got a terrible string of fruity obscenities building up inside me.
3North American informal , offensive Relating to or associated with homosexuals.
4 informal , chiefly US Eccentric or crazy: a kind of fruity professor
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  • That sounds totally stuck-up and fruity, but it's true.
  • We all had our reasons for going to Tommy's work on Wednesdays, because as fruity as it sounded usually we all went.
  • That sounds a bit fruity, I know, but its kinda there in the maths.



Pronunciation: /ˈfro͞otl-ē/
Example sentences
  • It is, however, fruitily refreshing and mixes well, particularly in Martinis, though purists might frown.
  • The prose style is fruitily whimsical in the extreme, but not without some intriguing sociological arguments.
  • For those of you not in the know, hookah is a Middle Eastern device that makes it look like you are smoking illegal drugs, when in reality it's just fruitily flavored tobacco.


Pronunciation: /ˈfro͞otēnəs/
Example sentences
  • However, it also needs a touch of sweetness in the guise of wild rowan jelly - with its sharp fruitiness and beautiful autumnal colour, this adds the final touch to a truly glorious dish.
  • The delicacy and mineral-infused fruitiness of the Riesling accentuates the freshness of the spicy ingredients, keeping the dish lively rather than overtly hot.
  • Brazilian Jabuticaba Fruit which grows exclusively in Brazil, has a tart fruitiness and this note gives the fragrance a refreshing natural glow.

Words that rhyme with fruity

agouti, beauty, booty, cootie, cutie, Djibouti, duty, fluty, rooty, snooty, tutti-frutti

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