adjective, suav·er, suav·est.

(of persons or their manner, speech, etc.) smoothly agreeable or polite; agreeably or blandly urbane.

Origin of suave

1495–1505; < French < Latin suāvis sweet
Related formssuave·ly, adverbsuave·ness, noun

Synonyms for suave Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for suavely

Historical Examples of suavely

  • "That's just where your cleverness will come in," suavely answered Crane.


    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.

  • Then the gentleman with the eyeglass said suavely, "Have you been long in London, Mr. Storm?"

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • "Your lordship's most devoted servant," said Wilding suavely, and made a leg.

    Mistress Wilding

    Rafael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for suavely



(esp of a man) displaying smoothness and sophistication in manner or attitude; urbane
Derived Formssuavely, adverbsuavity (ˈswɑːvɪtɪ) or suaveness, noun

Word Origin for suave

C16: from Latin suāvis sweet
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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).

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