Definition of sugar in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈSHo͝oɡər/


1A sweet crystalline substance obtained from various plants, especially sugar cane and sugar beet, consisting essentially of sucrose, and used as a sweetener in food and drink.
Example sentences
  • In a separate bowl, sift together sugar, flour, baking powder and baking soda.
  • So it is crucial to monitor your intake of glucose from starchy foods (bread, rice and potatoes), sugar and other sweet foods.
  • Part of the problem is that increasingly health-conscious consumers see Coke as a drink packed with sugar and chemical sweeteners and not much else.
1.1A lump or teaspoonful of this, used to sweeten tea or coffee: I’ll have mine black with two sugars
More example sentences
  • Inside, he filled his coffee cup (two sugars, one cream), picked out a nicely glazed cream filled doughnut, and walked over to the magazine rack.
  • As a young boy, that meant giving up sitting in front of the TV with my cup of coffee, 2 sugars and a biscuit (these were the comforts of my life at that time).
  • He grinned broadly, just like Blake did. ‘White coffee, no sugars, coming right up!’
1.2 informal, chiefly North American Used as a term of endearment or an affectionate form of address: what’s wrong, sugar?
More example sentences
  • Well yes, compared to the drab fifties and khaki they probably were, but today their colours seem to be seen through a sepia veneer, and, sugar, that doesn't do it for me.
  • ‘Look at me, sugar’, he said.
1.3 [as exclamation] informal Used as a euphemism for “shit.”.
Example sentences
  • Spoken and written substitutes for the word in American English include sugar, sheesh, shoot, and shucks, as in the constructions: Oh, sugar! Aww, shucks!
1.4 informal A psychoactive drug in the form of white powder, especially heroin or cocaine.
2 Biochemistry Any of the class of soluble, crystalline, typically sweet-tasting carbohydrates found in living tissues and exemplified by glucose and sucrose.
Example sentences
  • Complex sugars coat almost every cell in the body, as well as microbes that cause disease.
  • The extent to which sugars move across the plasma membranes of embryo-derived protoplasts during isolation, suspension, and drying is not known and merits further investigation.
  • Consume these sugars a half-hour before and immediately after your workouts.


[with object]
1Sweeten, sprinkle, or coat with sugar: she absentmindedly sugared her tea (as adjective sugared) sugared almonds
More example sentences
  • It has a delicious malty aroma with hints of heather and honey and rich, sweet, nutty undertones like sugared almonds or peanut brittle.
  • Visitors to the show will receive a lace bag of wedding favours, five sugared almonds which traditionally convey blessing, with a Bible text inside.
  • There was no wedding cake, no sugared almonds and we were allowed to wear black.
2Make more agreeable or palatable: the novel was preachy but sugared heavily with jokes
More example sentences
  • The bitter pill of sexual abstinence is sugared with a soulless, preachy kind of rock 'n' wafer and a peer group pressure that is well parodied in the forthcoming Michael Stipe produced film, Saved!
  • In his act the pill of political polemic may be sugared with a sprinkling of dirty jokes, but it's always there.
  • She is the least regretted politician in the country, so her departure sugars the loss of Scotland's presence in British government.


sugar the pill

see pill1.



Pronunciation: /ˈso͞oɡərləs/
Example sentences
  • Small glass mugs of steaming hot, sugarless coffee with a strong and pleasant aroma, turned out to be just as popular among the golfers, as the tall glasses brimming over with frothy ice cold, sweetened coffee.
  • And yet if you go into a U.S. supermarket, you see aisle after aisle of fat-free foods, of sugarless foods, of foods devoted to people who are trying to lose weight.
  • The cheapness of sugar creates an incentive for food manufacturers and retailers to sell consumers more of it in more formats, and drives sugarless foods out of the market.


Middle English: from Old French sukere, from Italian zucchero, probably via medieval Latin from Arabic sukkar.

Words that rhyme with sugar


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Syllabification: sug·ar

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