- having the taste or flavor characteristic of sugar, honey, etc.
- producing the one of the four basic taste sensations that is not bitter, sour, or salt.
- not rancid or stale; fresh: This milk is still sweet.
- not salt or salted: sweet butter.
- pleasing to the ear; making a delicate, pleasant, or agreeable sound; musical.
- pleasing or fresh to the smell; fragrant; perfumed.
- pleasing or agreeable; delightful.
- amiable; kind or gracious, as a person, action, etc.
- dear; beloved; precious.
- easily managed; done or effected without effort.
- (of wine) not dry; containing unfermented, natural sugar.
- (of a cocktail) made with a greater proportion of vermouth than usual.
- sentimental, cloying, or unrealistic: a sweet painting of little kittens.
- (of air) fresh; free from odor, staleness, excess humidity, noxious gases, etc.
- free from acidity or sourness, as soil.
- devoid of corrosive or acidic substances.
- (of fuel oil or gas) containing no sulfur compounds.
- (of jazz or big band music) performed with a regular beat, moderate tempo, lack of improvisation, and an emphasis on warm tone and clearly outlined melody.
- in a sweet manner; sweetly.
- a sweet flavor, smell, or sound; sweetness.
- something that is sweet or causes or gives a sweet flavor, smell, or sound.
- sweets, Informal.
- candied sweet potatoes.
- (in direct address) sweetheart.
- sweets, pie, cake, candy, and other foods high in sugar content.
- Chiefly British.
- a piece of candy; sweetmeat or bonbon.
- a sweet dish or dessert, as a pudding or tart.
- something pleasant to the mind or feelings.
- a beloved person.
- (in direct address) darling; sweetheart.
- sweet on, Informal. infatuated with; in love with: He's sweet on her.
Origin of sweet
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Examples from the Web for sweeter
When Bronagh appeared, any anxiety that accompanied her journey had given her parents made the hug all the sweeter.A Tale of Thanksgiving Triumph
November 28, 2013
New Coke was sweeter, so (like Pepsi before it) it won the taste test.Pilot Programs: Don't Believe the Hype
January 3, 2013
NowThis News has a relatively similar version that is shorter and sweeter.Worst Debate Moments in the TV Era
October 2, 2012
I am like a piece of sugar that you put in the water—the volume stays the same but the taste is sweeter.Yevgeniya Chirikova: Russia’s Environmental Activist Turned Politician
August 23, 2012
When asked if life could possible get any sweeter, he said he would like to have someone to share it with.Broadway's New Queen
March 17, 2011
A sweeter music, born of the motions of my own spirit, fills my whole hearing.Weighed and Wanting
Oh, there had been moments all the sweeter and more poignant because they had been so fleeting.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
Their flesh was said to be sweeter, juicier, and more tender than the best beef.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
The transaction by any name would smell no sweeter, Calendar.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
Father's a sweeter singer than ever; you'd never have forgotten it, if you'd aheard him just now.'Little Dorrit
- Henry. 1845–1912, English philologist; a pioneer of modern phonetics. His books include A History of English Sounds (1874)
- having or denoting a pleasant taste like that of sugar
- agreeable to the senses or the mindsweet music
- having pleasant manners; gentlea sweet child
- (of wine, etc) having a relatively high sugar content; not dry
- (of foods) not decaying or rancidsweet milk
- not saltysweet water
- free from unpleasant odourssweet air
- containing no corrosive substancessweet soil
- (of petrol) containing no sulphur compounds
- sentimental or unrealistic
- individual; particularthe electorate went its own sweet way
- jazz performed with a regular beat, with the emphasis on clearly outlined melody and little improvisation
- Australian slang satisfactory or in order; all right
- archaic respected; dear (used in polite forms of address)sweet sir
- smooth and precise; perfectly executeda sweet shot
- sweet on fond of or infatuated with
- keep someone sweet to ingratiate oneself in order to ensure cooperation
- informal in a sweet manner
- a sweet taste or smell; sweetness in general
- (often plural) British any of numerous kinds of confectionery consisting wholly or partly of sugar, esp of sugar boiled and crystallized (boiled sweets)
- British a pudding, fruit, or any sweet dish served as a dessert
- dear; sweetheart (used as a form of address)
- anything that is sweet
- (often plural) a pleasurable experience, state, etcthe sweets of success
- US See sweet potato
Word Origin and History for sweeter
Old English swete "pleasing to the senses, mind or feelings," from Proto-Germanic *swotijaz (cf. Old Saxon swoti, Swedish söt, Danish sød, Middle Dutch soete, Dutch zoet, Old High German swuozi, German süß), from PIE root *swad- "sweet, pleasant" (Sanskrit svadus "sweet;" Greek hedys "sweet, pleasant, agreeable," hedone "pleasure;" Latin suavis "sweet," suadere "to advise," properly "to make something pleasant to").
To be sweet on someone is first recorded 1690s. Sweet-talk (v.) dates from 1935; earliest uses seem to refer to conversation between black and white in segregated U.S. Sweet sixteen first recorded 1767. Sweet dreams as a parting to one going to sleep is attested from 1898, short for sweet dreams to you, etc. Sweet and sour in cooking is from 1723 and not originally of oriental food.