One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1informal A blonde-haired person, typically a woman or girl (usually as a form of address)‘you have a great imagination, blondie’‘we never did manage to bag any major roles in the nativity play—it was always the blue-eyed blondies who played the angels’
- ‘I think you're confusing her with Maxie, the blondie that I met down at the gym last Thursday.’
- ‘"I understand a heck of a lot more than you do blondie," I replied.’
- ‘Gerald stepped up into the bleachers and said, "Hi, blondie."’
- ‘If we're gonna mix, blondie, let's go.’
- ‘"So who's the Blondie?"’
- ‘Tell me when we get outside, blondie.’
- ‘"Be quiet, blondie."’
- ‘"Why can't you be nice, like Blondie over there?"’
- ‘I consider that my two little blondies - one aged 3 and one aged 4, gorgeous little kids, more like their mother, granted, than their father - would love to have a little puppy this Christmas.’
- ‘Having read her comment over and over again, my rough translation of it is that she, like so many others, still holds with the stereotype that we blondies are common (not unusual) and dumb (not interesting).’
2A small square of dense, pale-coloured cake, typically of a butterscotch or vanilla flavour.‘cut brownies, blondies, or other sweet squares into very small pieces’
- ‘A search on blondies in the 1918 cookbook doesn't turn up anything, but there is likely something similar under a different name.’
- ‘Once the darling of church suppers, lobster bakes, strawberry festivals and 4-H fairs, the layer cake has hovered on the edge of extinction as the baked-goods landscape has given way to invasive species like brownies, blondies, lemon bars and Bundt cakes.’
- ‘I saw some of the other Daring Bakers came up with sweet potato butterscotch blondies, avocado brownies, spinach cake that was really green, and an awe-inspiring Swiss roll with purple yams.’
- ‘Among the desserts, oatmeal raisin cookies and chunky brownies are good, but the buttery blondies loaded with chocolate chips and walnuts are irresistible ($1.50).’
- ‘There are also lemon bars, raspberry-almond bars, brownies, blondies, hermit bars, cupcakes and several varieties of rather flat scones ($2.50 to $3).’
- ‘Next to the cakes were trays of blondies and brownies, linzer cookies and shortbread hearts, banana crunch muffins, and scones, tons of scones, blueberry and strawberry and maple-oatmeal scones, even cheddar-cheese scones, but nothing held a candle to the cupcakes.’
- ‘Fourteen dollars, for two coffees and two mingy blondies, which he paid without flinching, even leaving the change from his twenty in the concessionaire's plastic cup.’
- ‘According to "The Ultimate Brownie Book," blondies came before brownies.’
- ‘"No one," he urged, nibbling his half of the shared blondie, "ever expects a rejection or a bad review."’
Late 19th century (in blondie (sense 1)): from blonde + -ie; blondie (sense 2) after brownie (sense 1).
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