[ swahv ]
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adjective,suav·er, suav·est.
  1. (of persons or their manner, speech, etc.) smoothly agreeable or polite; agreeably or blandly urbane.

Origin of suave

1495–1505; <French <Latin suāvissweet

Other words for suave

Other words from suave

  • suavely, adverb
  • suaveness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use suave in a sentence

  • "Oh, well, it's easy to lose track of a lone man in a country as big as this," he returned suavely.

    Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • Orthodocia, suavely, "Are they produced here to any extent?"

    Humour of the North | Lawrence J. Burpee
  • Harry answered the questions suavely but not without some suppressed impatience.

    The Incendiary | W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • "You are at liberty to change your mind—and your answer, Mr. Sedgwick," he announced suavely.

    The Pirate of Panama | William MacLeod Raine
  • "And here the continued kindness of a young and handsome preserver," he said suavely, and extended the box to his host.

    Audrey | Mary Johnston

British Dictionary definitions for suave


/ (swɑːv) /

  1. (esp of a man) displaying smoothness and sophistication in manner or attitude; urbane

Origin of suave

C16: from Latin suāvis sweet

Derived forms of suave

  • suavely, adverb
  • suavity (ˈswɑːvɪtɪ) or suaveness, noun

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