1. (also sugar lump, sugarpie) a general term of endearment, can be used of and to either sex.
|[||Love’s Mistress IV i: Father, sweet Hony-sugar-candy dad, indeed, indeed you shall].|
|[||Wit Restor’d (1817) 292: Good morrow, my honey my suggar-candy, / My litle pretty mouse].‘To the Tune of the Beginning of the World’ in|
|[||Disappointment I iii: I call him Cooney, cock-a-pigeon, sugar-plum, cock-a-dandy and all the sweet things I can think of].|
|‘Sugar’ [lyrics] You’ll find the answer if you take a look / In Mr. Webster’s dictionary book. / The name is sugar! / I call my baby my sugar.|
|Thieves Like Us (1999) 191: Doggone, sugar.|
|Dust Tracks On a Road (1995) 600: Hey, Sugar! What’s on de rail for de lizard?|
|Long Wait (1954) 73: Maybe, sugar, maybe.|
|Crazy Kill 26: I’ll get him Val, sugar, Oh God —.|
|Howard Street 98: We gon’ really live then, sugar. Git married and everything.|
|Black Short Story Anthol. (1972) 23: Of course not, sugar lump.‘A Revolutionary Tale’ in King|
|(con. 1950s) Whoreson 147: ‘Listen, sugar,’ I said softly.|
|Decadence in Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 21: Oh sugar I’m just aching for your . . .|
|(con. 1970s) King Suckerman (1998) 66: Hey, sugar, you datin’ tonight?|
|Robbers (2001) 215: I said tell me the truth, sugarpie, what you think? [Ibid.] 237: Whatever works, sugar, you know me.|
|Nature Girl 106: ‘What was it, like a cookbook?’ ‘Not exactly, sugar.’.|
2. (orig. US, also sug) an attractive woman.
|in Tarheel Talk (1956) 298: There would have been no Shugar there for you except Some of the Rutherford Ladies.|
|A Thousand and One Afternoons [ebook] ‘Soon as I see they're heading for a dumb time I say “razzberry.” And off your little sugar toddles’.|
|‘Joe Prep’ [lyrics] Is she sweet? Is she hot? A real woman, this new sugar.|
|Don’t Get Me Wrong (1956) 7: Was that sugar at Matehuala right or was she?|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|One Lonely Night 64: The cud-chewing switchboard sugar smiled between chomps.|
|Doom Pussy 66: Never one to let a sugar, or sug, get away, he walked over to whisper a little sweet talk.|
|Dict. of Invective (1991) 14: Women, again, often are characterized as edible objects. Cookie, cupcake, lamb chop, sugar, sweetie pie, (hot) tamale, tart, and tomato.|
3. (US black, also sugar lump) an attractive man.
|Jonah’s Gourd Vine (1995) 48: You are my dolling sugar lump.|
|Wide Boys Never Work (1938) 148: My old sugar – my old boyfriend, that’s who I mean.|
|Queens’ Vernacular 191: sugar 1. one’s current heartthrob.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 256: sugar [...] 3. Attractive male.|
|Plainclothes Naked (2002) 21: She’d never go out with you. She hates losers. She likes her sugar with class.|
4. (US black) a kiss.
|Tambourines to Glory I vi: buddy: I said something I want, baby! ... Come on, give me a little sugar – right now! laura: Buddy! ... We’ve got to eat. buddy: Kiss now- eat later!|
|Hy Lit’s Unbelievable Dict. of Hip Words 18: give me some sugar – Give me a kiss.|
|High Cotton (1993) 23: Women in pink hats and white gloves. ‘Give me some sugar,’ they said when they bore down on children to pass out kisses.|
|eye mag. 8 July [Internet] Then they enjoyed a bit of curly green, a bit of fish, a bit of giblet pie, a bit of mutton, a bit of sugar and he hit the kitten.‘A dirty little story’ in|
5. (US black) diabetes.
|Drylongso 51: I have sugar. Many of my people had it and some have it now. [...] I’m a diabetic.|
(US) anyone or anything attractive, pleasing; also a direct term of address.
|‘You Ain’t Treatin’ Mr Right’ [lyrics] Oh, sugar babe, you ain’t a-treatin’ me right!|
|TAD Lex. (1993) 79: Have you got that photo of your sugar baby?in Zwilling|
|(con. 1944) Big War 356: Don’t you worry about that, sugar-doll.|
|(con. WWII) Barren Beaches of Hell 151: Why so touchy, sugar puss?|
|Scene (1996) 69: A real sugar-baby, the Olds.|
|Garden of Sand (1981) 482: The girls figure she has her a young sugar baby somewhere she spends her money on.|
|Stand (1990) 5: Point is, sugar-babe, if we don’t get our asses in gear, we ain’t never gonna make it off’n the base.|
|Airtight Willie and Me 39: Sugar Babies, most of you are hip that I just got up from a fall.|
|8 Ball Chicks (1998) 186: Hey, sugar baby, how are those girls doing?|
see separate entry.
1. see sense 1 above.
2. see sense 3 above.
see sense 1 above.
(US campus) a letter from one’s sweetheart.
|Philadelphia Enquirer (PA) 19 Oct. 102/3: [picture cap.] They’re kibitzing on his ‘sugar report’ — letter from a girl friend.|
|You Chirped a Chinful!! n.p.: Sugar Report: Letter from your girl.|
|Hy Lit’s Unbelievable Dict. of Hip Words 52: sugar report – A letter from your main fox.|
|Candy (1970) 138: He pretends he’s a weirdie [...] but he’s just trying to get into your little sugar-scoop!|
|Central Sl. 50: sugar walls Pussy. ‘All the johns want inside my sugar walls.’.|
1. (US black) spare space used for putting up a temporary guest.
|‘Sl. of Watts’ in Current Sl. III:2 47: Sugar shack, n. A carpeted garage which might provide extra living or sleeping space.|
2. somewhere a couple go to have sex.
|Campus Sl. Fall 8: sugar shack – place where a couple go to have sex.|
see separate entry.
(US black) sweet talk.
|Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 60: I’m gonna lay some deep sugar on her and see if it will melt.|
in love with, infatuated with.
|‘’Arry on Fashion’ in Punch 10 Sept. 110/2: Patriotic? Well, them as talks Muggins like that to our gurls must be milks, / If it means British woolens all round when they’re sugar on showy French silks.|
(US black) an attractive male.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 150: Women, too, relate sex to the sweet-tasting [...] when they identify an attractive male as [...] sweet sugar.|
SE in slang uses
see separate entry.
(S.Afr. gay) the pubic hair [resemblance].
|(con. 1949) Big Blowdown (1999) 151: He examined the dice, turning them in his hands. Boyle grinned. ‘These your sugar cubes?’.|
see separate entries.
see under tit n.2
see under weed n.1