see also: Sugar
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈʃʊɡə(ɹ)/
  • (GA) enPR: sho͝ogʹər, IPA: /ˈʃʊɡɚ/


  1. (uncountable) Sucrose in the form of small crystals, obtained from sugar cane or sugar beet and used to sweeten food and drink.
  2. (countable) A specific variety of sugar.
  3. (countable, chemistry) Any of various small carbohydrates that are used by organisms to store energy.
    Hypernyms: Thesaurus:carbohydrate
  4. (countable) A small serving of this substance (typically about one teaspoon), used to sweeten a drink.
    He usually has his coffee white with one sugar.
  5. (countable) A term of endearment.
    Synonyms: Thesaurus:sweetheart
    I'll be with you in a moment, sugar.
  6. (countable, slang) A kiss.
    Synonyms: Thesaurus:buss
  7. (chiefly, southern US, slang, uncountable) Effeminacy in a male, often implying homosexuality.
    I think John has a little bit of sugar in him.
  8. (uncountable, informal) Diabetes.
  9. (dated) Anything resembling sugar in taste or appearance, especially in chemistry.
    Sugar of lead (lead acetate) is a poisonous white crystalline substance with a sweet taste.
  10. Compliment or flattery used to disguise or render acceptable something obnoxious; honeyed or soothing words.
  11. (US, slang, uncountable) Heroin.
    Synonyms: Thesaurus:heroin
  12. (US, slang, uncountable, dated) Money.

sugar (sugars, present participle sugaring; past and past participle sugared)

  1. (transitive) To add sugar to; to sweeten with sugar.
    John heavily sugars his coffee.
  2. (transitive) To make (something unpleasant) seem less so.
    She has a gift for sugaring what would otherwise be harsh words.
  3. (US, Canada, regional) In making maple sugar, to complete the process of boiling down the syrup till it is thick enough to crystallize; to approach or reach the state of granulation; with the preposition off.
  4. (entomology) To apply sugar to trees or plants in order to catch moths.
  5. (programming, transitive) To rewrite (source code) using syntactic sugar.
    • 2002, "Jonathan Bromley", Fixed point arithmetic (on newsgroup comp.arch.fpga)
      You can sugar the syntax of constants thus: […]
    • 2006, "Neil Madden", Re: Closures (on newsgroup comp.lang.tcl)
      Sure, you could sugar the latter to look like the former (effectively implementing closures as objects), but it seems simpler to just allow the former.
  6. (transitive) To compliment (a person).
Synonyms Translations Translations Interjection
  1. (informal, euphemistic) Used in place of shit!
    Oh, sugar!
Proper noun
  1. Surname

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