Lolly is a noun that refers to a sweet or confectionery treat, usually in the form of a hard candy or a popsicle. It is predominantly used in British English, particularly in the United Kingdom and Australia.
In the UK, a lolly typically refers to a confection on a stick, often made from boiled sugar or fruit-flavored syrup that has been hardened into a solid, often brightly colored, shape. These lollies can come in various forms, such as fruit-flavored lollipops or ice cream popsicles. They are commonly enjoyed by children and adults alike, particularly in the summer months.
In Australia, however, a lolly is a general term used to describe any kind of sweet or candy, regardless of its shape, texture, or packaging. It encompasses a wide range of confectionery items, including chocolates, gummy candies, chewy sweets, and hard candies. Australians use the term lolly to refer to any small, sweet treat that can be enjoyed as a snack or dessert.
Overall, lolly is a versatile term that is used to describe different types of sweets and candies, depending on the specific context and regional usage.
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The word "lolly" is believed to have originated in the late 18th century in England. It is derived from the word "lollipop", which was a type of candy made of boiled sugar formed around a stick. The exact origin of "lollipop" is unclear, but it is thought to have come from the dialectal word "lolly", meaning the tongue. This connection could be due to the act of licking or rolling the candy on the tongue. Over time, the term "lollipop" became more commonly known as "lolly" in colloquial language. Today, "lolly" often refers to any sweet or candy, not just lollipops.