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[swee-ting] /ˈswi tɪŋ/
a sweet variety of apple.
Archaic. sweetheart.
Origin of sweeting
First recorded in 1250-1300, sweeting is from the Middle English word sweting. See sweet, -ing3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • 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.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor
  • Donne and sweeting were quiet before you came, and would be quiet if you were gone.

    Shirley Charlotte Bront
  • I was also given some of the cream, and a baked Summer sweeting to eat with it.

    The William Henry Letters

    Abby Morton Diaz
  • Mr. sweeting touched these men with money, which is the outward and visible sign of verified opinion.

  • The customer touches Mr. sweeting with money, Mr. sweeting touches the waiter and the cook with money.

  • Speak, sweeting, since I love thee best of late, And have forsook my virginals for thee.All's beautiful indeed and all unsure?

    One-Act Plays Various
  • sweeting stands before Greening, holding out her dress while Greening reaches down pepper-pot from dresser.

    Christmas Entertainments Alice Maude Kellogg
  • Mr. sweeting was quite a favourite with them; even Mr. Malone rather so, because he was a clergyman.

    Shirley Charlotte Bront
British Dictionary definitions for sweeting


a variety of sweet apple
an archaic word for sweetheart
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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