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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
Historical Examples
  • "That's just where your cleverness will come in," suavely answered Crane.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • "I have it here,—under the table," interrupted Brentwick suavely.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • Even with Barbara he ought not to be so suavely forgiving at Jack's expense.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
  • Then the gentleman with the eyeglass said suavely, "Have you been long in London, Mr. Storm?"

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • "Your lordship's most devoted servant," said Wilding suavely, and made a leg.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • "Oh, I think I may be called a 'business man,'" interposed the nobleman, suavely.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • "That is not my fault, my dear Friedland," said Lassalle suavely.

  • "I am afraid I won't, just yet," replies that lady, suavely.

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • Let him keep murmuring things about it—suavely, unctuously letting off steam.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
  • "Remain patient, I beg of you, Father," urged the German suavely.

    The Minister of Evil William Le Queux
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).

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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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