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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 suavest
Historical Examples
  • "Good-mornin', Cousin Phœbe," he said, with his suavest manner.

    The Panchronicon Harold Steele Mackaye
  • The reverse was the case, as she was one of the smoothest, suavest persons you ever met.

    She and I, Volume 1 John Conroy Hutcheson
  • Profoundly flattered, Samuel addressed the girl in his suavest tones.

    In the Year of Jubilee George Gissing
  • "Very little so far," rejoined Henderson with his suavest smile.

    When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry Charles Neville Buck
  • Ordinarily a man of the suavest temper, Mr. Hutton found himself trembling with rage.

    Mortal Coils Aldous Huxley
  • He listened attentively to the young man's desires, and answered in suavest of tones.

    Hope Mills Amanda M. Douglas
  • Why was it that his brief frank words ever pleased her better than Belamour's most honeyed phrases, Millamont's suavest periods?

  • She glanced at him, but proceeded in her suavest tones, "Do let us make one great united attempt to get Mr. Ansell to Sawston."

    The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
  • These features, charming in themselves, are set in an oval of the suavest and most harmonious form.

  • Then, a gleam of resolve or cunning came into his face, and the next instant he was at his suavest.

British Dictionary definitions for suavest


(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 suavest



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 suavest



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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