sugar Definition

  • 1a sweet substance that is used to make food and drinks more pleasant to taste
  • 2a term of endearment

Using sugar: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "sugar" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I take my coffee without sugar.

  • Example

    The recipe calls for two cups of sugar.

  • Example

    She has a sweet tooth and loves anything with sugar in it.

  • Example

    He called her 'sugar' as a term of endearment.

sugar Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for sugar

Idioms Using sugar

  • to make something better or more appealing


    She tried to pour sugar on the bad news, but it didn't make it any easier to hear.

  • sugar-coat something

    to make something seem less unpleasant than it really is


    He tried to sugar-coat the criticism, but she knew he was just trying to be polite.

  • to make something more pleasant or bearable


    She always had a spoonful of sugar before taking her medicine to make it easier to swallow.

Phrases with sugar

  • a sudden burst of energy or hyperactivity caused by consuming a large amount of sugar


    After eating all that candy, the kids were experiencing a sugar rush.

  • a state of euphoria or excitement caused by consuming a large amount of sugar


    The birthday boy was on a sugar high after eating his cake and ice cream.

  • sugar daddy

    an older man who financially supports a younger woman in exchange for companionship or intimacy


    She's dating a sugar daddy who pays for all her expenses.

Origins of sugar

from Old French 'sucre', from Medieval Latin 'succarum', from Arabic 'sukkar'


Summary: sugar in Brief

The term 'sugar' [ˈʃʊɡər] refers to a sweet substance used to enhance the taste of food and drinks. It can also be used as a term of endearment. 'Sugar' has idiomatic expressions like 'pour sugar on it,' meaning to make something better, and 'sugar-coat something,' meaning to make something seem less unpleasant. 'Sugar' can also denote a sudden burst of energy or euphoria, as in 'sugar rush' or 'sugar high.'

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