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’ 🎵 I got candy in my cup (cup), candy in my car (car) / Candy on my wrist (wrist), candy on my car (car).

2. (orig. 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.
[Scot]G. Armstrong Young Team 78: He’s git a big sound system [...] fae crisis-loan candy.

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.
E.B. Morris Senior 12: Violet. Mr. Wainwright. Gee! He’s the real candy, ain’t he?
[US]Lil Johnson ‘Take It Easy, Greasy’ 🎵 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) 🌐 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’ 🎵 They can’t make candy / As sweet as you.
[US]Ramona Davies ‘Are You Making Any Money?’ 🎵 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’ 🎵 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 🌐 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 54: 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](con. 1950-1960) R.A. Freeman Dict. Inmate Sl. (Walla Walla, WA) 23: Candy - narcotics.
[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 🌐 candy Definition: any type of narcotic used for a high. Example: Hey yo! I gotcho money, if you got muh candy!
[NZ]D. Looser Boobslang [U. Canterbury D.Phil. thesis] : candy n. pills of various sorts, esp. largactil.

(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’ 🎵 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 🌐 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’ 🎵 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.
[US]T. Pluck ‘Last Detail’ in Life During Wartime (2018) 280: ‘I’m not Privrat’s arm candy because I’m into back hair and halitosis’.
[UK]J. Meades Empty Wigs (t/s) 868: [S]he had evolved from provincial dumpling to high maintenance cosmopolitan arm-candy.
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.
[UK]R. Milward Apples (2023) 170: But she meant more to me than just eye candy.
[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. 🌐 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.
London Rev. Books 16 Dec. 🌐 ‘No cross-dressing. Women playing the ugly sisters instead of just the eye candy’.
[Aus]A. Nette Twitter 6 Nov. 🌐 Anita Ekberg plays a drug mule, but is there mainly as eye candy.
piece of candy (n.)

(US) sexual intercourse.

[US]Wkly Rake (NY) 26 Nov. n.p.: the rake wants to knowWho got a piece of candy from three women in Broadway last Wednesday evening.

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.) (also candy drop)

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

[US]Eble Campus Sl. Apr.
Recreational Drug Information Website 🌐 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. 🌐 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.
[US]C. Eble (ed.) UNC-CH Campus Sl. Fall .
Twitter 22 Oct. 🌐 [T]his is the hill where I discovered what happened if you took ecstasy and LSD at the same time. The answer was: very very good things indeed. [...] Ah the candy drop, a one way ticket to joy and or/ madness.
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’ 🎵 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 (5); 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’ 🎵 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.

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. 🌐 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. 🌐 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 🌐 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