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  1. a sweet variety of apple.
  2. Archaic. sweetheart.

Origin of sweeting

First recorded in 1250–1300, sweeting is from the Middle English word sweting. See sweet, -ing3
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Examples from the Web for sweeting

Historical Examples

  • I am a lonely man, my sweeting, and I must settle some day when the wars are over and done.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Away to your chamber, sweeting, and keep a blithe face, for she who confesses is shriven.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Get my shears, sweeting, and I'll clip this lion's mane of hair.

  • Donne and Sweeting were quiet before you came, and would be quiet if you were gone.


    Charlotte Bront

  • I was also given some of the cream, and a baked Summer Sweeting to eat with it.

British Dictionary definitions for sweeting


  1. a variety of sweet apple
  2. an archaic word for sweetheart
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