- (of persons or their manner, speech, etc.) smoothly agreeable or polite; agreeably or blandly urbane.
Origin of suave
Synonyms for suave
Examples from the Web for suavely
Historical Examples of suavely
"That's just where your cleverness will come in," suavely answered Crane.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
"I have it here,—under the table," interrupted Brentwick suavely.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
Even with Barbara he ought not to be so suavely forgiving at Jack's expense.The Education of Eric Lane
Then the gentleman with the eyeglass said suavely, "Have you been long in London, Mr. Storm?"The Christian
"Your lordship's most devoted servant," said Wilding suavely, and made a leg.Mistress Wilding
- (esp of a man) displaying smoothness and sophistication in manner or attitude; urbane
Word Origin for suave
Word Origin and History for suavely
early 15c., "gracious, kindly," from Middle French suave, from Latin suavis "agreeable," from PIE root *swad- (see sweet). In reference to persons, sense of "smoothly agreeable" first recorded 1815 (in suavity).