- 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 sweetly
The whole place cracks up, and Mitchum sweetly kisses her on the forehead.The Stacks: Mr. Bad Taste and Trouble Himself: Robert Mitchum
July 19, 2014
We had been planning on our own private Valentines Day dinner, but Christopher sweetly asked if we were busy that evening.My Friend and Mentor, Christopher Hitchens
December 16, 2013
One of the most sweetly melancholy movies about love ever made.Woody Allen’s Best & Worst Movies: ‘Annie Hall’ ‘Match Point’ & More (Video)
July 26, 2013
Sweetly, she belts out a rather impressive rendition of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”Ke$ha’s New Reality Show Is a Bore. Where’s Our Crazy Ke$ha? (VIDEO)
April 24, 2013
In fact, the move inspired a sweetly sophisticated Spring 2009 collection, an ode to the city.Erin Fetherston's Fairytales
July 1, 2009
How sweetly he sang to the mother bird while she sat upon the nest!Opera Stories from Wagner
Oh, how sweetly were those fair evenings spent,—the evenings of happy June!Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
"Perhaps you don't understand," admitted Mrs. Hallam sweetly.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
Yes, they were indeed the accents which had fallen so sweetly on his heart at the Hague.The Black Tulip
Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
Folk who have sung so sweetly together should not fight thereafter.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
- 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 sweetly
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.