Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Chewing gum that can be blown into bubbles.
  • noun Slang A style of popular music designed to appeal to adolescents, characterized by bouncy rhythms and a generally cheerful tone.
  • adjective Of or characteristic of bubblegum music.
  • adjective Marked by or displaying an adolescent immaturity, as in style or taste.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A sweet chewing gum formulated to be stretchy so the chewer can blow bubbles with it.
  • noun sometimes derogatory A type of pop music marked by sweetness, pep and charm (rather than depth or complexity).
  • adjective tasting like bubblegum
  • adjective by extension, sweet, perky, or youthful

Etymologies

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From bubble +‎ gum.

Examples

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  • Have you ever had a bubblegum cigar? My favorite were the yellow banana flavored ones that sold for 5 cents when I was a kid. See Free Associate

    February 4, 2008

  • A strain of medical marijuana.

    January 15, 2010

  • Bubblegum was not initially a flavor, it just described the kind of gum it is. What flavor is bubblegum? Pink sugar?

    June 22, 2015

  • Chemicals such as ethyl methylphenylglycidate, isoamyl acetate, fruit extracts, and others give bubblegum its sweet flavor. When blended, the chemicals and extracts fuse to make a sweet, palatable flavor.

    Fast-food chain McDonald's experimented with bubblegum flavor to create broccoli that tasted like bubblegum. Children who taste-tested the broccoli did not like it. The project was a failure and McDonald's abandoned the idea.

    June 22, 2015

  • I like broccoli that tastes like broccoli.

    June 23, 2015