adjective, sweet·er, sweet·est.
- devoid of corrosive or acidic substances.
- (of fuel oil or gas) containing no sulfur compounds.
- candied sweet potatoes.
- (in direct address) sweetheart.
- a piece of candy; sweetmeat or bonbon.
- a sweet dish or dessert, as a pudding or tart.
Origin of sweet
Synonyms for sweet
Related Words for oversweetsugary, sentimental, gooey, sappy, saccharine, syrupy, honeyed, cheesy, corny, mushy, drippy, cornball, cutesy, over-sentimental
Examples from the Web for oversweet
Historical Examples of oversweet
It would be oversweet at first, and bitterer than wormwood afterwards, as our former civility was.Red as a Rose is She
Of course she used too much perfumed white powder, and as she passed you caught the oversweet breath of a certain heavy scent.Cheerful--By Request
Whereby the oversweet moon of honey changes itself into long years of vinegar; perhaps divulsive vinegar, like Hannibal's.The French Revolution
Word Origin for sweet
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with sweet
- sweet dreams
- sweeten the kitty
- sweetness and light
- sweet nothings
- sweet on, be
- sweet talk
- sweet tooth
- short and sweet
- take the bitter with the sweet