sugar baby

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By analogy with sugar meaning sweet or expensive and therefore analogous to money and baby meaning dependent on or tender.

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sugar baby (plural sugar babies)

  1. The younger recipient (usually female or a bottom) of interest from a sugar daddy or sugar mama, especially financial and romantic in an intergenerational relationship
    • 2005, Aaron Peckham, Urban dictionary: fularious street slang defined, page 300
      If you're a rich man and your woman pays attention to you only when she wants your credit card,you're bein' played by a sugar baby!
    • 2008, Lisa Kleypas, Sugar Daddy, link
      Sugar daddies prefer to think of it as a special friendship in which they provide gifts and help to a deserving young woman. And sugar babies convince themselves that a nice boyfriend should want to help out with his girlfriend, and in return she would naturally want to show her appreciation by spending time with him.
    • 2009, Brandon Wade, Seeking Arrangement, page 223
      Diary of a Sugar Baby by American Geisha Day One After eight years of post-divorce dating trauma, I'd had enough, and decided to search for a Sugar Daddy on SeekingArrangement.com.
    • 2009, Cindy M. Meston, David M. Buss, Why women have sex, page 179
      There is even a Web site devoted to rating the quality of sugar daddy / sugar baby Web sites!
  2. A term of endearment; sweetheart.
    • 1926, John Steinbeck, The Saturday Evening Post, Volume 198, link
      "Sugar baby, daddy not only shot you — he tried to kill you!" A look of sweet ecstasy came into the wounded lady's eyes.

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