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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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Examples from the Web for suavely
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  • Yet upon Larry and Tina was a premonition that Tugh, here with them now and so suavely friendly, was their real enemy.

  • "I suppose she will give you all the satisfaction that you expect," remarked Talouel suavely.

    Nobody's Girl Hector Malot
  • At the top of the stairs a young and handsome man, faultless alike in costume and in manners, suavely accosted him.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
  • "You perceive that there is no such alternative," he said, suavely.

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • Now and then she saw Gomez, but he was suavely courteous and said nothing of importance.

    The Coast of Adventure Harold Bindloss
  • "You are too modest," said Number Seven suavely, and glanced at the letter on the table.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Perhaps even too suavely polite for the Anglo-Saxon temperament.

  • "I will tell you that when he is gone," said the king, suavely.

    The Man in the Iron Mask Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • It is easy even for trained ears to be mistaken up here, said the other suavely.

    The Lady of North Star Ottwell J. Binns
  • Even with Barbara he ought not to be so suavely forgiving at Jack's expense.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
British Dictionary definitions for suavely


(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 suavely



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for suavely



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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