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Dua Lipa uses "sugarboo" in her Levitating song. What does it mean? It seems to be in no dictionaries.

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Some lyrics to that song are:

You want me, I want you, baby

My sugarboo, I'm levitating

The milky way, we're renegading

(Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)

This is a slang combination of boo and sugar, both terms which indicate someone you care about in a romantic way -- lover, girlfriend/boyfriend, etc. This means the same thing.

Boo: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boo

Sugar: https://www.ahdictionary.com/word/search.html?q=sugar

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  • Thanks, is this a work used only in this song or it is in common use? Commented Jan 25, 2021 at 22:20
  • Only in that song. I can only recommend using that word in informal social gatherings where people know you are a non-native speaker.
    – rppkgai
    Commented Jan 25, 2021 at 22:35
  • People often make up nonsense words when speaking to lovers, babies, pets, etc. It's called 'baby talk'. Commented Jan 25, 2021 at 22:46
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    @rppkgai what was the non-native speaker part about? Commented Jan 25, 2021 at 22:57
  • @PHPst I've met a few people who were not native English speakers but, because of their advanced conversational English skills, I assumed that they were. So, if anyone who I thought were a native speaker to ever say "sugarboo" I would be very confused and amused. But, were a non-native to say "sugarboo", I would just be amused and probably mention that "sugarboo" is a word I've never heard in conversations, movies, or songs, and it has a very strange connotation.
    – rppkgai
    Commented Jan 26, 2021 at 3:09
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Might be a way of describing a lover or a beloved in just one word with fondness.

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