Green’s Dictionary of Slang

candy n.

1. (US) something admirable or desirable; usu. with the.

[US]Ade People You Know 111: They looked to be the real candy.
[US]B. Fisher A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 158: ‘I’ll go now and get a couple of turkeys.’ ‘Oh! That’ll be the candy.’.
[UK]Chillicothe (MO) Constitution 5 July 2/2: [headline] Wise Janes Nab Candy Says Poet.
[US]Eve. World (NY) 12 Oct. 28/1: Smooth hot air is sure the candy.
Pittsburgh Post-Gaz. (PA) 12 June 10/7: Candy [...] You can can a girl, a boy, or a new dress ‘simply candy’ and they’ll know what you mean.
[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 39/2: Candy. 1. Anything very desirable and easily secured, as loot.
[US]UGK ‘Swisha And Dosha’ [lyrics] I got candy in my cup (cup), candy in my car (car) / Candy on my wrist (wrist), candy on my car (car).

2. (US) money.

[US]Bluefield Daily Tel. (WV) 11 Mar. 4/2: A guest at a recent banquet [..] counted twelve different words used [...] in place of ‘money.’ They were: tin, cush, gelt, rock, sand, candy, dough, sugar, mazuma, spondulix, glad weather, the welcome green.
[US]B. Cormack Racket Act III: They’ve got a lot of our leadin’ businessmen on their backs, takin’ candy from them.
[US]H. Hill A Good Fella’s Guide To N.Y. 123: Candy, markers, ammo, liners, stocking stuffer, sweetener, garnish, and pledges are all terms for cash.

3. (US Und.) jewellery.

[US] ‘Jargon of the Und.’ in DN V 467: window trimming, Robbing jewelry stores [...] one heaves a brick through the store window and runs, shouting, so as to draw pursuit. The other reaches through the broken aperture, scoops up the candy.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).

4. something or someone ‘sweet’.

(a) (orig. US) a sexually desirable person of either sex.

[US] ‘Don’t Love A-Nobody’ in J.F. Dobie Rainbow in Morning (1965) 163: My baby’s the candy.
[US]Lil Johnson ‘Take It Easy, Greasy’ [lyrics] Sweetest candy in the candy shop, / It’s just your sweet, sweet lollipop!
see sense 1.
[US]F. Paley Rumble on the Docks (1955) 185: This was what the big guys called candy.
[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 231: candy 1. Sexually desirable male or female.
[US]College Sl. Research Project (Cal. State Poly. Uni., Pomona) [Internet] Candy (noun) An extremely good looking guy or girl.
[UK]Observer Mag. 11 July 28: What I saw was young women [...] I couldn’t see them as candy, but as the future.
[SA]Sun. Times (S.Afr.) 27 Jan. 22: ‘Guy candy’ is what the organisers dubbed it – and the swooning sea of women who watched all gooey-eyed as the boys peeled off their shirts certainly agreed.

(b) (orig. US black) sex as an abstract; thus sexual intercourse.

[US]A. Jackson ‘I Call You Sugar’ [lyrics] They can’t make candy / As sweet as you.
[US]Ramona Davies ‘Are You Making Any Money?’ [lyrics] You make time, and you make love dandy, / You make swell molasses candy, / But, honey, are you making any money, / That’s all I want to know!
[US]L. Johnson ‘Candy Licker’ [lyrics] Now it’s chocolate candy till my dying day, / The same old candy is going to carry me away.
[US]E. De Roo Young Wolves 54: He reached into the glove compartment and found a flashlight. ‘Candy?’ Janet asked. ‘Good. Open it up.’ Cliff heard her. He laughed. ‘Yeah — candy.’.
[UK]A. Salkey Come Home, Malcolm Heartland 147: His candy fits. Claude gives for ol’-time’s sake.
[UK]S. Berkoff Decadence in Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 37: Drooling for his candy / they think of nothing else.
[US](con. 1940s) Deuce Ofay Productions ‘The Jive Bible’ at [Internet] Candy n. The penetration of the vagina with the male intromittent organ (the penis) involving rapid, rhythmic thrusts and assorted noises of pleasure, pain, and mass hysteria; Sex.
[US]W.T. Vollmann Royal Family 644: I’m sellin’ my candy right in the Tenderloin.

(c) (US gay) a pretty, young homosexual boy.

[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 39/2: Candy. [...] 2. Youths attractive to degenerates.
[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 44: any boy under the age of consent [...] Syn: candy (late ’50s).
[US]Bentley & Corbett Prison Sl. 60: Queen An extremely feminine, passive homosexual. (Archaic: candy, gash).

(d) (US gay) the passive partner in anal intercourse.

[US]Maledicta III:2 231: He also may or may not know the following words and expressions: [...] candy (receiver), catch (prison pitcher and catcher.

(e) (US teen) a weakling.

[US]Current Sl. V:3 4: Candy, n. A sissy, a boy who is not strong.

5. in drug uses.

(a) (US drugs) opium.

[US]Howsley Argot: Dict. of Und. Sl.

(b) (orig. US drugs) cocaine.

[US]G. Milburn ‘Convicts’ Jargon’ in AS VI:6 437: candy, n. Cocaine.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
[US]J.E. Schmidt Narcotics Lingo and Lore.
[US]E. Torres Carlito’s Way 57: Me he caught with some bad candy at a party.
[US]High Times Jan. 8: I want to have coke up my nose, not this diddly-bop candy.
[US]R.C. Cruz Straight Outta Compton 17: Freezing his homeboys into rock candy.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Layer Cake 10: They thought I was cute [...] turning up with the candy and then disappearing back into the night.

(c) (US drugs) any drug, esp. in capsule form.

[US]Chronicle-Telegram (Elyria, OH) 16 Mar. 2/6: The barbiturates are identified as ‘red devils,’ ‘pinks,’ ‘goof balls,’ ‘barbs,’ ‘downers,’ ‘candy,’ ‘peanuts,’ ‘yello [sic] jackets’ and ‘blue dragons.’.
[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 231: candy [...] 2. Any kind of drug found in capsule or tablet form, especially barbiturates or amphetamines.
[US]Ebonics Primer at [Internet] candy Definition: any type of narcotic used for a high. Example: Hey yo! I gotcho money, if you got muh candy!

(d) (US black/drugs) heroin.

[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 168: ‘Candy’ [...] a vernacular term for heroin.
[UK]J. Morton Lowspeak.

(e) (US drugs) crack cocaine.

[US]J. Stahl Plainclothes Naked (2002) 185: I’d love to blow some of this candy and go Rick James on her ass.

6. (US black) decoration or customization of an automobile.

[US]UGK ‘Fuck My car’ [lyrics] But she blinded by the candy she can’t see I’m a pimp / [...] / All the bitch wanted to do is just fuck my ride.
[US]Ebonics Primer at [Internet] candy (2) Definition: A nice or expensive paint job on an automobile. Example: The candy he be flossin’ on his Impala be blingin’!
[US] UGK ‘Candy’ [lyrics] You can win a Dub car show and still can’t compete / With my candy, cause it’s the sweetest on the block.

Pertaining to lit./fig. adornment

In phrases

arm candy (n.)

a pretty young woman whose role is merely to adorn the arm of her male companion.

Chicago Trib. (Nexis) 21 Aug. 63: She’d already had mini-roles in eight movies when she turned up as George Sanders’ arm candy in the party scenes of this film.
[UK]Guardian Guide 26 June–2 July 6: Anyone would expect your gold-digging arm candy to use you for their own ends.
[UK]Guardian 26 Feb. 25: She arrived on the scene to play Mr. Duke’s ‘arm candy’.
[US]‘Jack Tunney’ Split Decision [ebook] Still they come, content with their role as arm candy for the big shots as long as it keeps them in mink.
brain candy (n.)

anything superficially attractive but intellectually undemanding.

J. Green Newspeak 31/1: brain candy (TV/US) escapist programming — game shows, banal ‘thriller’ series, etc.
in D.M. Scura Conversations with Tom Wolfe 100: The supplements in those days were like brain candy [...] If a story didn't grab the reader right away, he threw it away.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 21 May 14: They’ll note the brand of brain candy. Scarf up the sonics.
eye candy (n.) (also eye food)

a sexually attractive looking person.

Quad-City Times (Davenport, IA) 6 Apr. 2/1: Yep! she was there on teasy legs / And hot-arms cutey-nude / [...] and swell eye-food.
G. Cowan See No Evil 309: His rationale for eschewing exploitative ‘eye candy’ seemed to apply to more serious sex-related ventures as well.
[UK]J.R. Zodrow All Out 41: I been through two other marriages. One was with a fiddle player down in Nashville. He was fun. Eye candy [...] Couldn't play the fiddle for nothin’. But he scored good for me.
Kehl & Heidt in Seyler & Boltz Lang. Power (2nd edn) 211: This ad also features an elegantly dressed woman with conspicuous cleavage, which advertising executives reportedly refer to as ‘eye candy’.
[US]Detroit Free Press (MI) 4 Oct. 4G/1: The most interesting eye candy gawk object is Burke as evil Myrtle Beech.
[UK]P. Baker Fantabulosa.
[US]Mad mag. Apr. 24: I’m Jolida. I’m just eye candy here to watch and cling.
[Aus] A. Bergen ‘Dread Fellow Churls’ in Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] Laurel was [...] shorter in height, but immeasuirably superior eye-candy.
[UK]Guardian CiF 19 Nov. [Internet] What’s wrong with some eye candy, I bet the Japanese premier wasn't complaing.
[Aus]T. Spicer Good Girl Stripped Bare 5: Few creatures are more maligned than an overweight female, because popular culture says our sole purpose is to act as eye candy.

Pertaining to drugs

In compounds

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

1. (US black) cocaine, whether as powder or crack.

[US]G. Smitherman Black Talk.

2. see also SE compounds below.

candy-flip (v.)

(US drugs) to mix or sequence LSD and MDMA; thus candy-flipping n.

[US]Eble Campus Sl. Apr.
Recreational Drug Information Website [Internet] Ecstasy and acid together, this is commonly known as candy-flipping. I’m not sure why. I’ve only done it once, and I found that there was indeed a powerful, synergistic effect.
Online Sl. Dict. [Internet] candy flip v 1. to ingest LSD and ecstasy at the same time. Extremely popular at dance clubs and raves because of the intense high. (‘I’ve never candy flipped as hard as I did last night.’).
[US]ONDCP Street Terms 5A/4: Candy-flipping — LSD mixed with ecstasy.
[US]Newark Advocate (OH) 21 Oct. 5/3: Candy-flipping on a string: LSD with Ecstasy, folowed by cocaine.
S.T. Jones Tribes of Burning Man 186: Candy-flipping (LSD and ecstasy) or hippie-flipping (shrooms and ecstasy), depending on my mood and agenda. It's the perfect combo: E for the euphoria and psychedelics to amp up the weirdness.
C. Eble (ed.) UNC-CH Campus Sl. Fall .
candy rock (n.)

(Aus. drugs) cocaine hydrochloride.

[Aus]L. Davies Candy 76: The cocaine hydrochloride [...] was now becoming cocaine base, or freebase, or candy rock, or crack.
candy stick (n.)

1. (US black) the penis.

[US]Mississippi John Hurt ‘Candy Man Blues’ [lyrics] Ah heard what sister Johnson said, / She always takes a candy stick to bed.

2. see stick n. (3)

In phrases

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

(US drugs) cocaine.

[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 77: ‘What you puttin in my cooker?’ ‘Lil Andes candy.’.

General uses

In compounds

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

(US black) a young, inexperienced male.

[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 148: Females, like males, talked about undesirable men in terms of being [...] socially inexperienced or inept ( [...] junior, candy butt).
G. Korman Radio Fifth Grade 8: ‘You nauseating candy-butt!’ she muttered as Benjy slumped behind his desk in exhaustion .
N. Tepper Happy Hunting Grounds 144: Aw, go to sleep, candy-butt!'.

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]

(US prison) a prisoner who has become a passive homosexual while in prison.

[US] in B. Jackson In the Life (1972) 182: You very seldom catch an outside fag enter here. Most of what you have in here are known as candy-bar punks.
Jrnl Study Food & Society 2-6 36/2: A male prisoner who accepts the passive role in homosexual pairings is derided by his fellow inmates as a ‘candy-bar punk’.
W.A. Woloson Refined Tastes [ebook] A ‘candy bar punk’ is a young prisoner who has found protection with an older and dominant man.
candy cane (n.) (also candy stick, stick candy) [like the synon. sweet, it can be sucked]

1. (US) the penis.

[US]M. Bodenheim Georgie May 70: Gawgie found a man with a candystick — ye-es, she did!
[US]Mississippi John Hurt ‘Candy Man Blues’ [lyrics] His stick candy don’t melt away / It just gets better, so the ladies say.
[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 49: penis [...] candy cane.

2. see also drug compounds above.

candy cock (n.)

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

[US]G.H. Mullin Adventures of a Scholar Tramp 296: Well, if ol’ Red ain’t the candy-cock! Shavin’! Kin ye beat that?
candy kid (n.)

see separate entry.

candy-leg (n.)

1. (US campus) a rich student who is also attractive to women.

[US] McKenna 315th Infantry 155: ‘Candy Legs’ McHenry [HDAS].
[US]Weseen Dict. Amer. Sl. 176: Candy leg – A male student who is popular with the girls.
[US] ‘Campus Sl. at Minnesota’ in AS XX:3 Oct. 233/2: Everyone knows he is a chicken butcher – a chic sheik and a candy leg.

2. a ‘sugar daddy’.

B. Wade Seeking Arrangement 219: Candy-Leg: Synonym for Sugar Daddy. Refers to a wealthy, older man who supports or contributes to the support of a young woman.
candy-maker (n.)

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

[US]Guild Dict. Homosexual Terms 7: candymaker (n.): A homosexual who masturbates his partner and then consumes the semen, without practicing fellation.
[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular.
candyman (n.)

see separate entry.

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

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

[US]Sat. Eve. Post 234 35: Karen’s work includes serving meals and feeding patients, but as a Candystriper she is never involved in actual treatment of the sick.
Gillespie & Spirit Juniorplots 80: In Candy Stripers, she has combined a frothy girl's story with interesting details about the duties of junior hospital aides.
[US]R. Price Blood Brothers 107: You come with me you be makin’ more bread in two weeks than you’ll make candy stripin’ for two months [...] You wanna be a candy striper or whatever, it’s on you.
[Can]Totally True Diaries of an Eighties Roller Queen 6 Aug. [Internet] Today I went to pick up Tracy G. at the hospital. She’s a candy striper.
[US]R. Campbell Wizard of La-La Land (1999) 19: Nobody except Mary Bucket, the nurse who was head of the graveyard shift [...] knew that Diana Corday, the candy striper, was a hooker. [Internet] A hospital volunteer is sometimes nicknamed a candystriper. This name is derived from the fact that they traditionally wear red and white striped jumpers.
candy wagon (n.)

1. (US) a buggy.

[US]Odum & Johnson Negro Workaday Songs 99: Ol’ Aunty Dinah had candy wagon.
[US]J. Steinbeck Of Mice and Men 70: Carlson, you get the candy wagon hitched up.
(con. 1911) K. Ahrendt Memoirs 1: A light one horse candy wagon was approaching the corner where I was about to cross. For some unavoidable reason I crossed right in front of this horse and wagon.

2. a light truck.

[US]B.H. Porter ‘Truck Driver Lingo’ in AS XVII:2 Pt 1 103/1: Candy Wagon. Light truck.
[US]McCulloch Woods Words 28: Candy wagon – a crew truck.
[US]R.F. Adams Western Words (2nd edn) 52/1: Candy wagon. In logging, a station wagon or bus that transports men to and from work; crummie is the more popular term.
[US]M. Tak Truck Talk 26: Candy wagon: a lightweight truck.
(con. 1950s) M. Hillman in Dallesisian Online [Internet] My Dad was hired to work on the Dam and Bridge, which he did for a few years. He drove the candy wagon (Nitro truck), and blew up things.

In phrases