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noun Sug"ar
  1. A sweet white (or brownish yellow) crystalline substance, of a sandy or granular consistency, obtained by crystallizing the evaporated juice of certain plants, as the sugar cane, sorghum, beet root, sugar maple, etc. It is used for seasoning and preserving many kinds of food and drink. Ordinary sugar is essentially sucrose. See the Note below.
  2. By extension, anything resembling sugar in taste or appearance; as, sugar of lead (lead acetate), a poisonous white crystalline substance having a sweet taste.
  3. Compliment or flattery used to disguise or render acceptable something obnoxious; honeyed or soothing words.(Colloq)

Note: ☞ The term sugar includes several commercial grades, as the white or refined granulated loaf or lump, and the raw brown or muscovado. In a more general sense, it includes several distinct chemical compounds, as the glucoses, or grape sugarsincluding glucose proper, dextrose, and levulose), and the sucroses, or true sugars (as cane sugar). All sugars are carbohydrates. See Carbohydrate. The glucoses, or grape sugars, are ketone alcohols of the formula C6H12O6, and they turn the plane of polarization to the right or the left. They are produced from the amyloses and sucroses, as by the action of heat and acids of ferments, and are themselves decomposed by fermentation into alcohol and carbon dioxide. The only sugar (called acrose) as yet produced artificially belongs to this class. The sucroses, or cane sugars, are doubled glucose anhydrides of the formula C12H22O11. They are usually not fermentable as such (cf. Sucrose), and they act on polarized light.

Etymology: OE. sugre, F. sucrecf. It. zucchero, Sp. azúcar), fr. Ar. sukkar assukkar, fr. Skr. çarkarā sugar, gravel; cf. Per. shakar. Cf. Saccharine Sucrose

verb Sug"ar
In making maple sugar, to complete the process of boiling down the sirup till it is thick enough to crystallize; to approach or reach the state of granulation; -- with the preposition off.
verb Sug"ar
  1. To impregnate, season, cover, or sprinkle with sugar; to mix sugar with."When I sugarmy liquor." [G. Eliot.]
  2. To cover with soft words; to disguise by flattery; to compliment; to sweeten; as, to sugar reproof."With devotion's visage And pious action we do sugar o'er The devil himself." [Shak.]
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  1. A white crystalline carbohydrate used as a sweetener and preservative
  2. Informal terms for money
  3. An essential structural component of living cells and source of energy for animals; includes simple sugars with small molecules as well as macromolecular substances; are classified according to the number of monosaccharide groups they contain
  4. Sweeten with sugar ("sugar your tea")

From later Old French çucre (circa 13th century), from Medieval Latin zuccarum, from Old Italian zucchero, from Arabic سُكَّر (sukkar), from Persian شکر (šakar), from Middle Persian škl (šakar) (Manichaean Middle Persian šqr), from Sanskrit शर्करा (śárkarā, “ground or candied sugar", originally "grit, gravel”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱorkeh₂ (“gravel, boulder”), akin to Ancient Greek κρόκη (krókē, “pebble”).

  1. (uncountable) Sucrose in the form of small crystals, obtained from sugar cane or sugar beet and used to sweeten food and drink.
  2. (countable) A specific variety of sugar.
  3. (countable, chemistry) Any of various small carbohydrates that are used by organisms to store energy.
  4. (countable) When used to sweeten a drink, an amount of this substance approximately equal to five grams or one teaspoon.
    He usually has his coffee white with one .
  5. (countable) A term of endearment.
    I'll be with you in a moment, .
  6. (countable, slang) A kiss.
  7. (chiefly southern US, slang, uncountable) Effeminacy in a male, often implying homosexuality.
    I think John has a little bit of in him.
  8. (uncountable, informal) Diabetes.
  9. (by extension, dated) Anything resembling sugar in taste or appearance, especially in chemistry.
    of lead (lead acetate) is a poisonous white crystalline substance with a sweet taste.
  10. Compliment or flattery used to disguise or render acceptable something obnoxious; honeyed or soothing words.
  11. (US, slang) Heroin.

sugar was also found in the following language(s): Basque, Ido, Latin, Portuguese, Romanian, and Venetian

Notable Persons Named Sugar

Sugar Ray Leonard is a boxer. Sugar was born on May 17th, 1956 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, U.S.


Sugar Ray Robinson was a boxer. Sugar was born on May 3rd, 1921 in Detroit. He breathed his last breath on April 12th, 1989.


Sugar Chile Robinson is a blues and boogie-woogie musician. He plays Piano. Sugar was given the name Frank Isaac Robinson on December 28th, 1938 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.


Sugar Man is a comics character.


Sugar Minott was a reggae and dancehall singing and record producer. He plays Vocals. He was most prominent from 1969 to 2010. Sugar was given the name Lincoln Barrington Minott on May 25th, 1956. He breathed his last breath on July 10th, 2010.


Sugar Blue is a rock and blues harmonicist, singer, songwriter, and list of harmonicists. His most notable accomplishments were from 1960 to present. Sugar was given the name James Whiting on December 16th, 1949 in Harlem, New York City, United States. Sugar is also known as Sugar Blue.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Sugar

The Lord Sugar is a Member of the House of Lords and Memberof theHouse of Lords. The was given the name Alan Michael Sugar on March 24th, 1947 in England.


Rebecca was born on July 9th, 1987 in Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S.


Bert Sugar was a boxing writer and sports historian. He was most prominent from 1968 to 1968. Bert was given the name Herbert Randolph Sugar in 1937 in Washington, D.C. He breathed his last breath on March 25th, 2012.


Cindy Adams is a biographer, gossip columnist, memoirist, memoir, and gossip columnistandmemoirist. Cindy was given the name Cynthia Sugar on April 24th, 1930 in Manhattan, New York City, U.S. Cindy is also known as Cindy Heller, Sugar, Cynthia (birthname); Heller, Cynthia; Heller, and Cindy.


Ronald D. Sugar is a chairman & ceo at, businessperson, northrop grumman, chairman, businessman, chairman&ceoat, and northrop grumman(2003-2010). Ronald was born on July 30th, 1948 in Toronto.


Michael Sugar is a film and television producer. He has had major accomplishments since 2002.


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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Sugar U.S.
  White 87.66% 64.26%
  African American 3.59% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.44% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 2.22% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.87% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.22% 16.26%

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People with the last name Sugar are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Sugar

  • How Popular is the name Sugar? Sugar is the 28,185th most popular name of all time. As a last name Sugar was the 19,390th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Sugar have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 181 babies born with the first name Sugar in the United States. That's more than enough people named Sugar to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Sugar? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1951 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Sugar first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Sugar is Tuesday, December 11th, 1877.
  • What year had the most people named Sugar born? The highest recorded use of the first name Sugar was in 1981 with a total of 11 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Sugar: Your name in reverse order is Ragus. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Gsaur. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Sugar? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,394 people with the last name Sugar.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Sugar? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Sugar as their last name since less than 1 person in 213k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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