Main definitions of gummy in US English:

: gummy1gummy2

gummy1

adjective

  • 1Viscous; sticky.

    • ‘The pods, which are typically ridged and tapering, but may be almost round, contain many small seeds and a gummy substance which gives okra its special character.’
    • ‘Soluble fibers dissolve in water to become gummy or viscous, while insoluble fibers hold on to water.’
    • ‘While still gummy, use toothpicks to make holes at the tops for stringing ribbon through.’
    • ‘Listed among its ingredients is gelatin, a gummy substance rendered from cattle carcasses.’
    • ‘Soluble fibers - gums, pectins and mucilages - become gummy in water.’
    • ‘The only evidence was a report that a government-hired ‘expert’ had detected a gummy substance under the consoles of some trains.’
    • ‘Oil made locally for local use is generally not deodorized or otherwise treated, so is somewhat gummy and has a noticeable peanut taste; this is acceptable in, for example, African regional dishes.’
    • ‘If there is sticky or gummy soil to remove, try rubbing with baking soda on a damp cloth or sponge, or wipe with vinegar, rinse, and buff dry.’
    • ‘It is, honest to God, the term for the gummy adhesive used to attach inserts to magazine pages.’
    • ‘Add in the languid pacing and you've got a film that flows like gummy engine oil.’
    • ‘England is like that, except that their black boxes are 100 years older, so everything is more gummy and sticky and the couches backstage are that much more threadbare and the dressing room is in the beer cooler.’
    • ‘Raw silk fibres are naturally coated with a gummy substance called sericin.’
    • ‘Despite the success of the amorphous sugar at inhibiting fat bloom, Hartel says that it could not be used in commercial chocolate because the sugar ‘picks up moisture easily and gives a gummy texture in the mouth’.’
    • ‘If it gets sticky or gummy, the finish is shellac and you can remove and re-melt the surface layers with some steel wool and alcohol.’
    • ‘Sassafras leaves contain not only sassafras flavour but also a gummy mucilage.’
    • ‘Its thick, gummy oil has blackened hundreds of miles of coastline in Spain.’
    • ‘Bakery owners say despite the advent of new-fangled versions, nothing beats the classics, the ones oozing with gummy lotus seed paste and salted duck egg yolk to symbolize the full moon.’
    • ‘The least elegant was the vichyssoise, which had the bland, somewhat gummy consistency of whipped avocados.’
    • ‘The beverage, also known as bubble tea, consists of ‘pearls’ of black, gummy, tapioca balls that float in a mixture of sweetened iced tea.’
    • ‘These were pleasantly rubbery but although punctuated by bits of juicy broccoli, Chinese leaves and dusted with ground peanuts, their mild sweet and sour sauce left them too gummy.’
    • ‘‘Dark cutters’ have lean that is dark red to almost black in color with a sticky or gummy texture.’
    • ‘As usual, it would have been better without the gummy mushroom sauce, but this is as it ever was.’
    • ‘Instead of twigs and straw, the swiftlet makes its nest from strands of gummy saliva, which harden when exposed to air.’
    • ‘All excess oil must be removed or it will attract dust and get gummy or tacky.’
    • ‘A gummy substance that smelled of medicine covered her lips.’
    • ‘People soon discovered that their overshoes became stiff and brittle in cold weather, and that in the heat their raincoats dissolved into a stinking, gummy mess that had to be disposed of by burial.’
    sticky, tacky, gluey, adhesive, resinous, viscous, viscid, glutinous, mucilaginous
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    1. 1.1 Covered with or exuding a viscous substance.
      ‘his eyes are all gummy’

Pronunciation

gummy

/ˈɡəmi//ˈɡəmē/

Main definitions of gummy in US English:

: gummy1gummy2

gummy2

adjective

  • Toothless.

    ‘a gummy grin’
    • ‘You know, with Katie, her biggest problem was that she had a gummy smile.’
    • ‘Like her, many of the residents are Irish; gummy men with drink problems who ‘emigrated not through choice, stayed though reluctant, and never returned out of pride’.’
    • ‘The big heads and the little bodies, the huge eyes, tiny noses and gummy smiles - parents or not, we mammals come pre-programmed to respond to these characteristics with feelings of overwhelming protectiveness.’
    • ‘‘I want new head phones,’ moaned the boy, who Casey could see, had messy brown hair and a gummy mouth.’
    • ‘A gummy grin was her reward as Jeffery beamed at her.’
    • ‘Modern cosmetic dentistry focusses on solving the problems of the gummy smile by guiding gums and re-contouring them for a better appearance.’
    • ‘He has gummy gaps in his grin, the result of a stint as a boxer in the 1980s (he moved to Minneapolis in '84, after losing a big match in Fort Dodge, Iowa).’
    • ‘He gurns his face effortlessly into a toothless, gummy washerwoman's grimace.’
    • ‘He'd looked down at her and she'd given him one of her gummy smiles and for a moment I thought he was going to say something to acknowledge her.’
    • ‘With its eyes closed, jaws wide apart and its entire armory exposed in a ghastly gummy smile, its head looked like a necklace of death.’
    • ‘I mean, I think we're looking at a pretty narrow gene pool right here; something about that glassy eyed and gummy smile leads me to believe that everyone sat on the same side of the church at his folks wedding.’
    • ‘His humour is of the sappiest kind with as much bite as a gaggle of gummy grannies.’
    • ‘Then he turned his big blue eyes on me and treated me to a big, gummy grin.’
    • ‘He twists his head, exposing one rheumy malevolent eye and half a mottled, gummy mouth.’

noun

  • A small, edible shark of Australasian coastal waters, with rounded teeth that it uses to crush hard-shelled prey.

    Mustelus antarcticus, family Triakidae

    • ‘But today he is singing the praises of a non-commercial creature - the humble eel, which he says has a unique flavor but can be best described to someone who has never tasted it as reminiscent of the taste and texture of gummy shark.’
    • ‘The same mix works just as well with a firm textured fish such as gummy or cobbler.’

Pronunciation

gummy

/ˈɡəmi//ˈɡəmē/