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Presumably derived from eye candy, which was first attested in 1984; the term has been attested in the USA since 1992.[1]


  • Hyphenation: arm can‧dy


arm candy (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic) An attractive, seemingly romantic companion who accompanies a person in public simply so that one or both of the individuals can gain attention, enhance social status, or create an impression of sexual appeal.
    • 1992 August 21, Marcia Froelke Coburn, “Marilyn’s enduring appeal”, in Chicago Tribune[1], archived from the original on 4 March 2016:
      All About Eve (1950, FoxVideo). [Marilyn Monroe had] already had mini-roles in eight movies when she turned up as George Sanders' arm candy in the party scenes of this film.
    • 2003 February 17, Jeffrey Ressner, “Shot on location”, in Time[2], archived from the original on 17 April 2016:
      Friends described her as always ready to serve as "arm candy"—that is, a pretty date—to industry players, in hopes of landing a role.


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  1. ^ arm candy” in Paul McFedries, Word Spy, Logophilia Limited, 22 January 1999, retrieved 4 June 2017.

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