from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, containing, or relating to fruit.
  • adj. Tasting or smelling richly of or as if of fruit: "My nose filled with the smells of leather, polish, wax—the fat, fruity smell of rich car” ( Anthony Hyde).
  • adj. Excessively sentimental or sweet.
  • adj. Slang Crazy; eccentric.
  • adj. Offensive Slang Homosexual.

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  • adj. containing fruit or fruit flavoring
  • adj. mad, crazy
  • adj. effeminate or otherwise flamboyant or homosexual (of a male)


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  • The nose, rather than being overtly fruity, is dominated by summery floral aromas with other scents of lime zest, minerals, ginger and something almost almond-like.

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  • In my view, people who eat chocolate-covered candy should have little trouble understanding certain fruity wine and chocolate pairings, but it always has to do with the individual pairing.

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  • Among liquors, whiskey and gin are masculine and vodka and anything fruity is feminine.

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  • He also makes old-world pastries such as Sacher torte, napoleons, spritz cookies, florentiners (one of which he eats for breakfast every morning) and something he calls fruity nutties -- cookies he makes with the candied fruit, nut and marzipan mixture for his stollen.

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  • Sit at one of the long wooden tables and choose from dishes with typical Basque ingredients such as cod and sheep's cheese, washed down with a choice of cider: fruity from the French side of the border, drier from Spain.

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  • Chance is officially classified as a fruity chypre, and while it shares some similarities with Coco Mademoiselle, it fails to have any connection whatsoever with any true Chypre family member.

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  • Miss Dior Cherie is now the “New Chypre”, classified as a fruity chypre, this time strawberries, paired with the less than agreeable combination of patchouli and caramel popocorn.

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  • Each has an arm slung in a cape like a wounded soldier marching back from the front, complemented by bedroom slippers and surprisingly pink stockings that Travis LaFrance recognizes as part of a manly tradition, but that an uninformed American might just call fruity.

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  • It's described as a fruity smell because cocoa is a fruit but to me it sometimes comes across as a slight stench like fruit going bad.



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