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[swee-tee] /ˈswi ti/
Informal. sweetheart.
Usually, sweeties. British. candy; sweets.
Origin of sweetie
First recorded in 1695-1705; sweet + -ie Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Here's a sweetie for ye; it's a peppermint lozenge, an' it's a graun' help.

    St. Cuthbert's Robert E. Knowles
  • sweetie was cut out for the undertakin' business, by rights.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • But this little one with her head on my chest is such a sweetie!

    The Cozy Lion Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • When your ship comes in, sweetie, will it have turkeys and jellies in it?

  • He spoke so sadly when he said he had no children of his own, that sweetie could not refuse to go.

  • So sweetie told them all Mr. Rogers had said and done for her.

  • Which joke you may not understand, sweetie, being a lady, and I will not now stop to explain.

    Believe You Me! Nina Wilcox Putnam
  • I want to tell you sweetie it was the worst part of the whole war to me.

    Believe You Me! Nina Wilcox Putnam
  • Late in the afternoon he picked his way through the dull, dirty alley to the old gray house where sweetie lived.

British Dictionary definitions for sweetie


noun (informal)
sweetheart; darling: used as a term of endearment
(Brit) another word for sweet (sense 20)
(mainly Brit) an endearing person
a large seedless variety of grapefruit which has a green to yellow rind and juicy sweet pulp
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sweetie

1721, "lollipop;" 1778, "lover, sweetheart," from sweet (n.) + -ie.

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



A sweetheart, in all senses • Often a term of endearment in address: And Tom's the first sweetie she ever had/ Ain't my new computer a sweetie?

[1903+; an isolated instance, sweet-ee, is found by 1778]

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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