Part of speech: noun
Origin: British English, mid-20th century
(British) A mass of pink or white fluffy spun sugar wrapped round a stick.
Something perceived as lacking in worth or substance.
Examples of Candyfloss in a sentence
"She was eating a cloud of candyfloss as big as her head."
"Her classmates thought she was candyfloss, but she proved them wrong by scoring the highest grade."
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The two definitions of candyfloss are a great example of metaphor. In one situation you have a fluffy, sugary treat. But if you want to describe someone as insubstantial, you could use a metaphor to call them candyfloss.
Did you Know?
In Great Britain it's called candyfloss. In the United States it's cotton candy, and in Australia it's fairy floss. It probably has even more names in other languages, but whatever you call it, it's delicious.