Green’s Dictionary of Slang

sugar n.4

1. (also sugar lump, sugarpie) a general term of endearment, can be used of and to either sex.

[[UK] T. Heywood Love’s Mistress IV i: Father, sweet Hony-sugar-candy dad, indeed, indeed you shall].
[[UK]Mennis & Smith ‘To the Tune of the Beginning of the World’ in Wit Restor’d (1817) 292: Good morrow, my honey my suggar-candy, / My litle pretty mouse].
[[US]‘Andrew Barton’ Disappointment I iii: I call him Cooney, cock-a-pigeon, sugar-plum, cock-a-dandy and all the sweet things I can think of].
[US]Ethel Waters ‘Sugar’ 🎵 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.
[US]E. Anderson Thieves Like Us (1999) 191: Doggone, sugar.
[US]Z.N. Hurston Dust Tracks On a Road (1995) 600: Hey, Sugar! What’s on de rail for de lizard?
[US]Dly News (NY) 26 Nov. 45/2: ‘Sugarpie’ tells us that her best girlfriend is in love with her best beau.
[US]St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) 20 Jan. 42/2: American soldiers infrequently call each other ‘darling’ or ’sugarpie’.
[US]M. Spillane Long Wait (1954) 73: Maybe, sugar, maybe.
[US]Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, CA) 12 Feb. 20/1: ‘You’re my darlin’ sugar lump’.
[US]C. Himes Crazy Kill 26: I’ll get him Val, sugar, Oh God —.
[US]Four Tops [song title] ‘I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)’ .
[US]N. Heard Howard Street 98: We gon’ really live then, sugar. Git married and everything.
[US]N. Giovanni ‘A Revolutionary Tale’ in King Black Short Story Anthol. (1972) 23: Of course not, sugar lump.
[US](con. 1950s) D. Goines Whoreson 147: ‘Listen, sugar,’ I said softly.
[UK]S. Berkoff Decadence in Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 21: Oh sugar I’m just aching for your . . .
[US](con. 1970s) G. Pelecanos King Suckerman (1998) 66: Hey, sugar, you datin’ tonight?
[US]C. Cook Robbers (2001) 215: I said tell me the truth, sugarpie, what you think? [Ibid.] 237: Whatever works, sugar, you know me.
[US]C. Hiaasen Nature Girl 106: ‘What was it, like a cookbook?’ ‘Not exactly, sugar.’.
[US]L. Berney Gutshot Straight [ebook] ‘Takes three to four weeks, sugar’.
[US]L. Berney Whiplash River [ebook] ‘Harrigan Quinn. Call me Harry.’ He gave Gina a wink. ‘Or sweetheart. Or sugar pie’.
[UK]‘Aidan Truhen’ Price You Pay 114: Oh sugar he [i.e. a divorced husband] is gone like the wind.
[US]D. Winslow ‘Broken’ in Broken 5: ‘Sugar [...] Can you hear me darlin’?’.

2. (orig. US, also sug) an attractive woman.

[US] in N.E. Eliason Tarheel Talk (1956) 298: There would have been no Shugar there for you except Some of the Rutherford Ladies.
[US]B. Hecht 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’.
[US]J. Held Jr ‘Joe Prep’ 🎵 Is she sweet? Is she hot? A real woman, this new sugar.
[UK]P. Cheyney Don’t Get Me Wrong (1956) 7: Was that sugar at Matehuala right or was she?
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
[US]M. Spillane One Lonely Night 64: The cud-chewing switchboard sugar smiled between chomps.
[US]E. Shepard Doom Pussy 66: Never one to let a sugar, or sug, get away, he walked over to whisper a little sweet talk.
[US]H. Rawson 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.

[US]Detroit Free Press (MI) 21 Aug. 70/2: She was fascinated with the slim-waisted, olive-skinned, white-toothed ‘Sugar-Pie,’ with his sophisticated chatter and his nimble, tireless feet.
[US]Z.N. Hurston Jonah’s Gourd Vine (1995) 48: You are my dolling sugar lump.
[UK]R. Westerby Wide Boys Never Work (1938) 148: My old sugar – my old boyfriend, that’s who I mean.
[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 191: sugar 1. one’s current heartthrob.
[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 256: sugar [...] 3. Attractive male.
[US]J. Stahl Plainclothes Naked (2002) 21: She’d never go out with you. She hates losers. She likes her sugar with class.

4. (US) ‘sweet-talk’, persuasive deception.

[US]B. Appel Tough Guy [ebook] You had to give a storekeeper a hunk of sugar if you were smart.
Csonka & Kiick Always on the Run 16: [P]eople come up and tell me how much they love the Dolphins [...] I tell them, ‘Thank you,’ but that doesn’t seem very sufficient. At the same time, I don’t want to hand them back the same sugar.

5. (US black) a kiss.

[US]L. Hughes 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!
[US]‘Hy Lit’ Hy Lit’s Unbelievable Dict. of Hip Words 18: give me some sugar – Give me a kiss.
[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular.
[US]D. Pinckney 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.
[US]D. Lypchuk ‘A dirty little story’ in eye mag. 8 July 🌐 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.

6. (US black) diabetes.

[US]J.L. Gwaltney Drylongso 51: I have sugar. Many of my people had it and some have it now. [...] I’m a diabetic.

In compounds

sugar-baby (n.) (also sugar babe, sugar-doll, sugar puss) [babe n. (3)/baby n. (4)/puss n.2 (2)]

(US) anyone or anything attractive, pleasing; also a direct term of address.

[US]Esther Bigeou ‘You Ain’t Treatin’ Mr Right’ 🎵 Oh, sugar babe, you ain’t a-treatin’ me right!
[US]T.A. Dorgan in Zwilling TAD Lex. (1993) 79: Have you got that photo of your sugar baby?
[US](con. 1944) A. Myrer Big War 356: Don’t you worry about that, sugar-doll.
[US](con. WWII) B. Cochrell Barren Beaches of Hell 151: Why so touchy, sugar puss?
[US]C. Cooper Jr Scene (1996) 69: A real sugar-baby, the Olds.
[US]E. Thompson Garden of Sand (1981) 482: The girls figure she has her a young sugar baby somewhere she spends her money on.
[US]S. King 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.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Airtight Willie and Me 39: Sugar Babies, most of you are hip that I just got up from a fall.
[US]G. Sikes 8 Ball Chicks (1998) 186: Hey, sugar baby, how are those girls doing?
sugar dating (n.) (also sugaring)

a relationship between an attractive younger person *usu. female) and a wealthier older one (usu. male); the relationshyip is paid but not in a cash fee, a la prostitution, but in the form of gifts or rent payments, etc. 20 Dec. 🌐 .
Wikipedia 30 Jan. 🌐 Sugar dating, also called sugaring, is a relationship of an older wealthy person and a younger person [...] Payment can be received by way of money, gifts like designer goods, jewellery, support or other material benefits in exchange for companionship or a dating-like relationship. The person who receives the gifts is called a sugar baby, while their paying partner is called a sugar daddy or sugar momma.
Sugar Hill (n.)

see separate entry.

sugar lump (n.)

1. see sense 1 above.

2. see sense 3 above.

sugarpie (n.)

see sense 1 above.

sugar report (n.) [orig. milit. WWII ]

(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.
[US]‘Bill O. Lading’ You Chirped a Chinful!! n.p.: Sugar Report: Letter from your girl.
[US]‘Hy Lit’ Hy Lit’s Unbelievable Dict. of Hip Words 52: sugar report – A letter from your main fox.
sugar scoop (n.) (also sugar walls)

the vagina.

[US]Southern & Hoffenberg Candy (1970) 138: He pretends he’s a weirdie [...] but he’s just trying to get into your little sugar-scoop!
[US]T.R. Houser Central Sl. 50: sugar walls Pussy. ‘All the johns want inside my sugar walls.’.
sugar shack (n.)

1. (US black) spare space used for putting up a temporary guest.

[US] ‘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.

[US]Eble Campus Sl. Fall 8: sugar shack – place where a couple go to have sex.
sugar-stick (n.)

see separate entry.

In phrases

have sugar in one’s tank (v.)

(US) to exhibiited (stereotyped) signs of effeminacy/male homosexuality.

[US]Ruderman & Laker Busted 133: ‘[A] lot of cops think Jeff has sugar in his tank,’ he said. ‘What? Sugar in his tank? What does that mean?’ I asked, laughing. ‘Gay,’ he said.
sugar on (adj.) [var. on sweet on under sweet adj.1 ]

in love with, infatuated with.

[UK] ‘’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.
sweet sugar (n.)

(US black) an attractive male.

[US]E. Folb 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

In compounds

sugar-bag (adj.)

see separate entry.

sugar cubes (n.)

dice [resemblance].

[US](con. 1949) G. Pelecanos Big Blowdown (1999) 151: He examined the dice, turning them in his hands. Boyle grinned. ‘These your sugar cubes?’.
sugar pimp

see separate entries.