1. (US) something admirable or desirable; usu. with the.
|People You Know 111: They looked to be the real candy.|
|A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 158: ‘I’ll go now and get a couple of turkeys.’ ‘Oh! That’ll be the candy.’.|
|Chillicothe (MO) Constitution 5 July 2/2: [headline] Wise Janes Nab Candy Says Poet.|
|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.|
|DAUL 39/2: Candy. 1. Anything very desirable and easily secured, as loot.et al.|
|‘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.
|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.|
|Racket Act III: They’ve got a lot of our leadin’ businessmen on their backs, takin’ candy from them.|
|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.
|‘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.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
4. something or someone ‘sweet’.
(a) (orig. US) a sexually desirable person of either sex.
|‘Don’t Love A-Nobody’ in Rainbow in Morning (1965) 163: My baby’s the candy.|
|‘Take It Easy, Greasy’ [lyrics] Sweetest candy in the candy shop, / It’s just your sweet, sweet lollipop!|
|see sense 1.|
|Rumble on the Docks (1955) 185: This was what the big guys called candy.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 231: candy 1. Sexually desirable male or female.|
|College Sl. Research Project (Cal. State Poly. Uni., Pomona) [Internet] Candy (noun) An extremely good looking guy or girl.|
|Observer Mag. 11 July 28: What I saw was young women [...] I couldn’t see them as candy, but as the future.|
|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.
|‘I Call You Sugar’ [lyrics] They can’t make candy / As sweet as you.|
|‘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!|
|‘Candy Licker’ [lyrics] Now it’s chocolate candy till my dying day, / The same old candy is going to carry me away.|
|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.’.|
|Come Home, Malcolm Heartland 147: His candy fits. Claude gives for ol’-time’s sake.|
|Decadence in Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 37: Drooling for his candy / they think of nothing else.|
|(con. 1940s) JiveOn.com [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.‘The Jive Bible’ at|
|Royal Family 644: I’m sellin’ my candy right in the Tenderloin.|
(c) (US gay) a pretty, young homosexual boy.
|DAUL 39/2: Candy. [...] 2. Youths attractive to degenerates.et al.|
|Queens’ Vernacular 44: any boy under the age of consent [...] Syn: candy (late ’50s).|
|Prison Sl. 60: Queen An extremely feminine, passive homosexual. (Archaic: candy, gash).|
(d) (US gay) the passive partner in anal intercourse.
|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.
|Current Sl. V:3 4: Candy, n. A sissy, a boy who is not strong.|
5. in drug uses.
(a) (US drugs) opium.
|Argot: Dict. of Und. Sl.|
(b) (orig. US drugs) cocaine.
|AS VI:6 437: candy, n. Cocaine.‘Convicts’ Jargon’ in|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Narcotics Lingo and Lore.|
|Carlito’s Way 57: Me he caught with some bad candy at a party.|
|High Times Jan. 8: I want to have coke up my nose, not this diddly-bop candy.|
|Straight Outta Compton 17: Freezing his homeboys into rock candy.|
|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.
|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.’.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 231: candy [...] 2. Any kind of drug found in capsule or tablet form, especially barbiturates or amphetamines.|
|Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [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.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 168: ‘Candy’ [...] a vernacular term for heroin.|
(e) (US drugs) crack cocaine.
|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.
|‘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.|
|Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] candy (2) Definition: A nice or expensive paint job on an automobile. Example: The candy he be flossin’ on his Impala be blingin’!|
|‘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
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.|
|Guardian Guide 26 June–2 July 6: Anyone would expect your gold-digging arm candy to use you for their own ends.|
|Guardian 26 Feb. 25: She arrived on the scene to play Mr. Duke’s ‘arm candy’.|
|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.|
anything superficially attractive but intellectually undemanding.
|Newspeak 31/1: brain candy (TV/US) escapist programming — game shows, banal ‘thriller’ series, etc.|
|inConversations 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.|
|Indep. Rev. 21 May 14: They’ll note the brand of brain candy. Scarf up the sonics.|
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.|
|See No Evil 309: His rationale for eschewing exploitative ‘eye candy’ seemed to apply to more serious sex-related ventures as well.|
|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.|
|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’.|
|Detroit Free Press (MI) 4 Oct. 4G/1: The most interesting eye candy gawk object is Burke as evil Myrtle Beech.|
|Mad mag. Apr. 24: I’m Jolida. I’m just eye candy here to watch and cling.|
|Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] Laurel was [...] shorter in height, but immeasuirably superior eye-candy.‘Dread Fellow Churls’ in|
|Guardian CiF 19 Nov. [Internet] What’s wrong with some eye candy, I bet the Japanese premier wasn't complaing.|
|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
(US drugs) a place where cocaine is sold.
|Narcotics Lingo and Lore.|
|Narcotics Lingo and Lore 24: Candy cee – same as Candy.|
|ONDCP Street Terms 5: Candy C — Cocaine.|
1. (US black) cocaine, whether as powder or crack.
2. see also SE compounds below.
(US drugs) a cocaine addict.
|Narcotics Lingo and Lore.|
|Drug Lang. and Lore.|
(US drugs) to mix or sequence LSD and MDMA; thus candy-flipping n.
|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.’).|
|ONDCP Street Terms 5A/4: Candy-flipping — LSD mixed with ecstasy.|
|Newark Advocate (OH) 21 Oct. 5/3: Candy-flipping on a string: LSD with Ecstasy, folowed by cocaine.|
|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.|
|(ed.) UNC-CH Campus Sl. Fall .|
(Aus. drugs) cocaine hydrochloride.
|Candy 76: The cocaine hydrochloride [...] was now becoming cocaine base, or freebase, or candy rock, or crack.|
1. (US black) the penis.
|‘Candy Man Blues’ [lyrics] Ah heard what sister Johnson said, / She always takes a candy stick to bed.|
2. see stick n. (3)
(US drugs) cocaine.
|Homeboy 77: ‘What you puttin in my cooker?’ ‘Lil Andes candy.’.|
|Drug Education Hbk.|
|ONDCP Street Terms 11: Hard candy — Heroin.|
see under nose n.
(US) a boyfriend, a beloved male (cf. candy boy ).
|Down the Line 82: I was her candy boy for sure.|
(US black) a young, inexperienced male.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 148: Females, like males, talked about undesirable men in terms of being [...] socially inexperienced or inept ( [...] junior, candy butt).|
|Radio Fifth Grade 8: ‘You nauseating candy-butt!’ she muttered as Benjy slumped behind his desk in exhaustion .|
|Happy Hunting Grounds 144: Aw, go to sleep, candy-butt!'.|
SE in slang uses
see separate entries.
(US prison) a prisoner who has become a passive homosexual while in prison.
|in 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’.|
|Refined Tastes [ebook] A ‘candy bar punk’ is a young prisoner who has found protection with an older and dominant man.|
(Aus.) a jack-of-all-trades employed by a brothel.
|Aus. Speaks 125: A harlot’s handy-man [...] is sometimes called a [...] candy boy.|
|DSUE (8th edn) 178/2: candy-boy A prostitute’s handyman.|
1. (US) the penis.
|Georgie May 70: Gawgie found a man with a candystick — ye-es, she did!|
|‘Candy Man Blues’ [lyrics] His stick candy don’t melt away / It just gets better, so the ladies say.|
|Queens’ Vernacular 49: penis [...] candy cane.|
2. see also drug compounds above.
(US) a well-behaved, pleasant person; the inference is of softness.
|Adventures of a Scholar Tramp 296: Well, if ol’ Red ain’t the candy-cock! Shavin’! Kin ye beat that?|
see separate entry.
1. (US campus) a rich student who is also attractive to women.
|315th Infantry 155: ‘Candy Legs’ McHenry [HDAS].|
|Dict. Amer. Sl. 176: Candy leg – A male student who is popular with the girls.|
|‘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’.
|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.|
(US) a male homosexual who masturbates (but does not fellate) a partner, then swallows the resultant semen.
|Guild Dict. Homosexual Terms 7: candymaker (n.): A homosexual who masturbates his partner and then consumes the semen, without practicing fellation.|
see separate entry.
(US) a volunteer nurse’s aide; thus candystripe, to work as such an aide.
|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.|
|Juniorplots 80: In Candy Stripers, she has combined a frothy girl's story with interesting details about the duties of junior hospital aides.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|www.biography.ms [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.|
(US) the preferred team of mules.
|Milk and Honey Route 20 1: Candy team is the favorite span of mules in the outfit.|
1. (US) a buggy.
|Negro Workaday Songs 99: Ol’ Aunty Dinah had candy wagon.|
|Of Mice and Men 70: Carlson, you get the candy wagon hitched up.|
|(con. 1911)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.
|AS XVII:2 Pt 1 103/1: Candy Wagon. Light truck.‘Truck Driver Lingo’ in|
|Woods Words 28: Candy wagon – a crew truck.|
|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.|
|Truck Talk 26: Candy wagon: a lightweight truck.|
|(con. 1950s)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.|
see under drop v.1
see under rock n.