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[swahv] /swɑv/
adjective, suaver, suavest.
(of persons or their manner, speech, etc.) smoothly agreeable or polite; agreeably or blandly urbane.
Origin of suave
1495-1505; < French < Latin suāvis sweet
Related forms
suavely, adverb
suaveness, noun
sophisticated, worldly. Unabridged
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  • Perhaps the lack of enthusiasm in his manner was puzzling, but the suave official paid no heed.

    The Message Louis Tracy
  • Could it be possible that the suave Bethune was a horse-thief?

    The Gold Girl James B. Hendryx
  • This man Bolitho had created a new atmosphere in the court; his suave, almost smiling, features had changed.

    The Day of Judgment Joseph Hocking
  • “There is always a reason for my being where I am,” was the suave reply.

    Across the Mesa Jarvis Hall
  • His face now was mask-like, and his voice was suave and even as he addressed the officer.

    The Lady of North Star Ottwell J. Binns
British Dictionary definitions for suave


(esp of a man) displaying smoothness and sophistication in manner or attitude; urbane
Derived Forms
suavely, adverb
suavity (ˈswɑːvɪtɪ), suaveness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin suāvis sweet
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Word Origin and History for suave

early 15c., "gracious, kindly," from Middle French suave, from Latin suavis "agreeable," from PIE root *swad- (see sweet). In reference to persons, sense of "smoothly agreeable" first recorded 1815 (in suavity).

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Slang definitions & phrases for suave



Excellent; fine; cool


Smooth skill; polished adroitness: He has plenty of suave when it comes to girls


: Then I took her off her feet. I suaved her/ I guess old Buck suaved her off her feet (1960s+ Teenagers)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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