What does sugar mean?

Definitions for sugar
ˈʃʊg ərsug·ar

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sugar, refined sugarnoun

    a white crystalline carbohydrate used as a sweetener and preservative

  2. carbohydrate, saccharide, sugarnoun

    an essential structural component of living cells and source of energy for animals; includes simple sugars with small molecules as well as macromolecular substances; are classified according to the number of monosaccharide groups they contain

  3. boodle, bread, cabbage, clams, dinero, dough, gelt, kale, lettuce, lolly, lucre, loot, moolah, pelf, scratch, shekels, simoleons, sugar, wampumverb

    informal terms for money

  4. sugar, saccharifyverb

    sweeten with sugar

    "sugar your tea"


  1. sugarnoun

    Sucrose in the form of small crystals, obtained from sugar cane or sugar beet and used to sweeten food and drink.

  2. sugarnoun

    When used to sweeten drink, an amount of such crystalline sucrose approximately equal to five grams or one teaspoon.

    He usually has his coffee white with one sugar.

  3. sugarnoun

    Any of various small carbohydrates that are used by organisms to store energy.

  4. sugarnoun

    A generic term for sucrose, glucose, fructose, etc.

  5. sugarnoun

    A term of endearment.

    I'll be with you in a moment, sugar.

  6. sugarnoun

    A kiss.

  7. sugarnoun

    Effeminacy in a male, often implying homosexuality.

    I think John has a little bit of sugar in him.

  8. sugarnoun


  9. sugarverb

    To add sugar to; to sweeten with sugar.

    John heavily sugars his coffee.

  10. sugarverb

    To make (something unpleasant) seem less so.

    She has a gift for sugaring what would otherwise be harsh words.

  11. sugarinterjection

    Used in place of shit!

    Oh, sugar!

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SUGARnoun

    1.The native salt of the sugar-cane, obtained by the expression and evaporation of its juice. John Quincy

    Etymology: suere, French; saccharum, Latin.

    All the blood of Zelmane’s body stirred in her, as wine will do when sugar is hastily put into it. Philip Sidney.

    Lumps of sugar lose themselves, and twine
    Their subtile essence with the soul of wine. Richard Crashaw.

    A grocer in London gave for his rebus a sugar-loaf standing upon a flat steeple. Henry Peacham.

    Saccharum candidum shoots into angular figures, by placing a great many slender sticks a-cross a vessel of liquid sugar. Nehemiah Grew, Musæum.

    If the child must have sugar-plums when he has a mind, rather than be out of humour: why, when he is grown up, must he not be satisfied too with wine? John Locke.

    In a sugar-baker’s drying room, where the air was heated, fifty four degrees beyond that of a human body, a sparrow died in two minutes. John Arbuthnot, on Air.

    A piece of some geniculated plant, seeming to be part of a sugar-cane. John Woodward, on Fossils.

    Your fair discourse has been as sugar,
    Making the hard way sweet and delectable. William Shakespeare.

    Sugar of lead, though made of that insipid metal, and sour salt of vinegar, has in it a sweetness surpassing that of common sugar. Boyle.

  2. To Sugarverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Short thick sobs
    In panting murmurs, still’d out of her breast,
    That ever-bubbling spring, the sugar’d nest
    Of her delicious soul, that there does lie,
    Bathing in streams of liquid melody. Richard Crashaw.

    Thou would’st have plung’d thyself
    In general riot, and never learn’d
    The icy precepts of respect, but followed
    The sugar’d game before thee. William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens.

    With devotion’s visage,
    And pious actions we do sugar o’er
    The devil himself. William Shakespeare.

    His glosing fire his errand daily said,
    And sugar’d speeches whisper’d in mine ear. Edward Fairfax.

    Who casts out threats, no man deceives,
    But flatt’ry still in sugar’d words betrays,
    And poison in high tasted meats conveys. John Denham.


  1. Sugar

    Sugar is the generic name for sweet-tasting, soluble carbohydrates, many of which are used in food. Simple sugars, also called monosaccharides, include glucose, fructose, and galactose. Compound sugars, also called disaccharides or double sugars, are molecules made of two bonded monosaccharides; common examples are sucrose (glucose + fructose), lactose (glucose + galactose), and maltose (two molecules of glucose). White sugar is a refined form of sucrose. In the body, compound sugars are hydrolysed into simple sugars. Longer chains of monosaccharides (>2) are not regarded as sugars, and are called oligosaccharides or polysaccharides. Starch is a glucose polymer found in plants, the most abundant source of energy in human food. Some other chemical substances, such as glycerol and sugar alcohols, may have a sweet taste, but are not classified as sugar. Sugars are found in the tissues of most plants. Honey and fruits are abundant natural sources of simple sugars. Sucrose is especially concentrated in sugarcane and sugar beet, making them ideal for efficient commercial extraction to make refined sugar. In 2016, the combined world production of those two crops was about two billion tonnes. Maltose may be produced by malting grain. Lactose is the only sugar that cannot be extracted from plants. It can only be found in milk, including human breast milk, and in some dairy products. A cheap source of sugar is corn syrup, industrially produced by converting corn starch into sugars, such as maltose, fructose and glucose. Sucrose is used in prepared foods (e.g. cookies and cakes), is sometimes added to commercially available processed food and beverages, and may be used by people as a sweetener for foods (e.g. toast and cereal) and beverages (e.g. coffee and tea). The average person consumes about 24 kilograms (53 pounds) of sugar each year, with North and South Americans consuming up to 50 kg (110 lb) and Africans consuming under 20 kg (44 lb).As sugar consumption grew in the latter part of the 20th century, researchers began to examine whether a diet high in sugar, especially refined sugar, was damaging to human health. Excessive consumption of sugar has been implicated in the onset of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and tooth decay. Numerous studies have tried to clarify those implications, but with varying results, mainly because of the difficulty of finding populations for use as controls that consume little or no sugar. In 2015, the World Health Organization recommended that adults and children reduce their intake of free sugars to less than 10%, and encouraged a reduction to below 5%, of their total energy intake.


  1. sugar

    Sugar is a type of carbohydrate that is naturally found in various foods and beverages. It is characterized by its sweet taste and is commonly used as a flavor enhancer and sweetener in many culinary preparations. Sugar provides a quick source of energy for the body but excessive consumption can contribute to various health issues, such as weight gain and dental problems.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sugarnoun

    a sweet white (or brownish yellow) crystalline substance, of a sandy or granular consistency, obtained by crystallizing the evaporated juice of certain plants, as the sugar cane, sorghum, beet root, sugar maple, etc. It is used for seasoning and preserving many kinds of food and drink. Ordinary sugar is essentially sucrose. See the Note below

  2. Sugarnoun

    by extension, anything resembling sugar in taste or appearance; as, sugar of lead (lead acetate), a poisonous white crystalline substance having a sweet taste

  3. Sugarnoun

    compliment or flattery used to disguise or render acceptable something obnoxious; honeyed or soothing words

  4. Sugarverb

    in making maple sugar, to complete the process of boiling down the sirup till it is thick enough to crystallize; to approach or reach the state of granulation; -- with the preposition off

  5. Sugarverb

    to impregnate, season, cover, or sprinkle with sugar; to mix sugar with

  6. Sugarverb

    to cover with soft words; to disguise by flattery; to compliment; to sweeten; as, to sugar reproof

  7. Etymology: [OE. sugre, F. sucre (cf. It. zucchero, Sp. azcar), fr. Ar. sukkar, assukkar, fr. Skr. arkar sugar, gravel; cf. Per. shakar. Cf. Saccharine, Sucrose.]


  1. Sugar

    Sugar is the generalised name for a class of chemically-related sweet-flavored substances, most of which are used as food. They are carbohydrates, composed of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. There are various types of sugar derived from different sources. Simple sugars are called monosaccharides and include glucose, fructose and galactose. The table or granulated sugar most customarily used as food is sucrose, a disaccharide. Other disaccharides include maltose and lactose. Chemically-different substances may also have a sweet taste, but are not classified as sugars. Some are used as lower-calorie food substitutes for sugar described as artificial sweeteners. Sugars are found in the tissues of most plants but are only present in sufficient concentrations for efficient extraction in sugarcane and sugar beet. Sugarcane is a giant grass and has been cultivated in tropical climates in the Far East since ancient times. A great expansion in its production took place in the 18th century with the setting up of sugar plantations in the West Indies and Americas. This was the first time that sugar became available to the common people who had previously had to rely on honey to sweeten foods. Sugar beet is a root crop and is cultivated in cooler climates and became a major source of sugar in the 19th century when methods for extracting the sugar became available. Sugar production and trade has changed the course of human history in many ways. It influenced the formation of colonies, the perpetuation of slavery, the transition to indentured labour, the migration of peoples, wars between sugar trade-controlling nations in the 19th century, and the ethnic composition and political structure of the new world.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sugar

    shoog′ar, n. a sweet substance obtained chiefly from a kind of cane: anything sugary, honeyed words, flattery.—v.t. to sprinkle or mix with sugar: to compliment.—ns. Sug′ar-bak′er, a sugar-refiner; Sug′ar-beet, any one of several varieties of the common garden beet, grown for sugar; Sug′ar-can′dy, sugar candied or in large crystals; Sug′ar-cane, the saccharine grass (Saccharum officinarum) from which sugar is chiefly obtained.—adj. Sug′ar-coat′ed, coated with sugar.—p.adj. Sug′ared, sweetened with sugar.—ns. Sug′ar-gum, a large Australian eucalyptus yielding good timber, with sweetish foliage; Sug′ar-house, a factory where sugar is made; Sug′ariness, state or quality of being sugary or sweet; Sug′ar-loaf, a loaf or mass of sugar, usually in the form of a truncated cone; Sug′ar-mā′ple, the hard maple; Sug′ar-mill, a machine for pressing out the juice of the sugar-cane; Sug′ar-mite, a mite infesting unrefined sugar; Sug′ar-plum, a species of sweetmeat made up in small ornamental balls or lumps like a plum: any very pleasing piece of flattery; Sug′ar-refī′ner, one who refines raw sugar; Sug′ar-refī′nery.—n.pl. Sug′ar-tongs, an implement for lifting pieces of sugar at table.—adj. Sug′ary, sweetened with, tasting of, or like sugar: fond of sweets.—Sugar of lead, acetate of lead. [Fr. sucre—Sp. azucar—Ar. assokhar—Pers. shakar—Sans. carkarā, sugar, orig. grains of sand, applied to sugar because occurring in grains.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SUGAR

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sugar is ranked #19390 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Sugar surname appeared 1,394 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Sugar.

    87.6% or 1,222 total occurrences were White.
    3.5% or 50 total occurrences were Black.
    2.4% or 34 total occurrences were Asian.
    2.2% or 31 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    2.2% or 31 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 26 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sugar' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3008

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sugar' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1681

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sugar' in Nouns Frequency: #1171

Anagrams for sugar »

  1. gaurs

  2. Argus

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sugar in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sugar in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of sugar in a Sentence

  1. Stew Leonard , Jr.:

    Sugar is a number one enemy, you can see that people are trying to cut back on it and not eating as much sugar as they used to.

  2. Brigitte Zeitlin:

    When people overeat, it leads to irregularity in blood sugar. It also leads to obesity, which is a contributing factor to heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, inflammation and certain cancers.

  3. Janet Wojcicki:

    Whole fruit consists of fiber in addition to the vitamins present in the liquid or juice, and fiber we know is associated with a lower glycemic load than fruit juice, more and more health experts are concerned about the amount of sugar present in 100% fruit juice without the necessary fiber.

  4. Julia Zumpano:

    It's given a bad rap as being high in sugar.

  5. Aaron White:

    Alcohol increases insulin levels and lowers blood glucose, so combining alcohol with anti-diabetic drugs that regulate glucose levels could cause an undesirable drop in blood sugar. And, over time, it could contribute to insulin insensitivity, our findings highlight a major gap in the literature.

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