Green’s Dictionary of Slang

candy n.

1. [20C+] (US) something admirable or desirable; usu. with the.

2. [20C+] (US) money.

3. [1920s–40s] (US Und.) jewellery.

4. something or someone ‘sweet’.

(a) [late 19C+] (orig. US) a sexually desirable person of either sex.

(b) [1920s+] (orig. US black) sex as an abstract; thus sexual intercourse.

(c) [1950s+] (US gay) a pretty, young homosexual boy.

(d) [1950s+] (US gay) the passive partner in anal intercourse.

(e) [1960s] (US teen) a weakling.

5. in drug uses.

(a) [1930s] (US drugs) opium.

(b) [1930s+] (orig. US drugs) cocaine.

(c) [1960s+] (US drugs) any drug, esp. in capsule form.

(d) [1980s+] (US black/drugs) heroin.

(e) [2000s] (US drugs) crack cocaine.

6. [2000s] (US black) decoration or customization of an automobile.

Pertaining to lit./fig. adornment

In phrases

arm candy (n.)

[1990s+] a pretty young woman whose role is merely to adorn the arm of her male companion.

brain candy (n.)

[1990s+] anything superficially attractive but intellectually undemanding.

eye candy (n.) (also eye food)

[1930s+] a sexually attractive looking person.

Pertaining to drugs

In compounds

candy bar (n.)

[1950s] (US drugs) a place where cocaine is sold.

candy C (n.) (also candy cee) [C n.3 (1)]

[1950s–70s] (drugs) cocaine.

candy cane (n.) [SE (co)caine + play on SE]

1. [1980s+] (US black) cocaine, whether as powder or crack.

2. see also SE compounds below.

candy fiend (n.)

[1950s] (US drugs) a cocaine addict.

candy-flip (v.)

[1990s+] (US drugs) to mix or sequence LSD and MDMA; thus candy-flipping n.

candy rock (n.)

[1990s+] (Aus. drugs) cocaine hydrochloride.

candy stick (n.)

1. [1920s] (US black) the penis.

2. see stick n. (3)

In phrases

Andes candy (n.) [the South American origins of cocaine]

[1990s+] (US drugs) cocaine.

General uses

In compounds

candy boy (n.)

[1900s] (US) a boyfriend, a beloved male (cf. candy boy ).

candy-butt (n.) [butt n.1 (1a)]

[1970s+] (US black) a young, inexperienced male.

SE in slang uses

In compounds


see separate entries.

candy-bar punk (n.) [ext. punk n.1 (3); the gifts or payments of candy bars that he receives for his services]

[1960s+] (US prison) a prisoner who has become a passive homosexual while in prison.

candy cane (n.) (also candy stick, stick candy) [like the synon. sweet, it can be sucked]

1. [late 19C–1970s] (US) the penis.

2. see also drug compounds above.

candy cock (n.)

[1910s] (US) a well-behaved, pleasant person; the inference is of softness.

candy kid (n.)

see separate entry.

candy-leg (n.)

1. [1920s–40s] (US campus) a rich student who is also attractive to women.

2. a ‘sugar daddy’.

candy-maker (n.)

[1960s] (US) a male homosexual who masturbates (but does not fellate) a partner, then swallows the resultant semen.

candyman (n.)

see separate entry.

candystriper (n.) [the usu. red and white striped uniform] [1960s+]

(US) a volunteer nurse’s aide; thus candystripe, to work as such an aide.

candy team (n.)

[1930s] (US) the preferred team of mules.

candy wagon (n.)

1. [1920s+] (US) a buggy.

2. [1940s+] a light truck.

In phrases