[ swahv ]
/ swɑv /

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

Examples from the Web for suaver

  • The tempest had doubtless frightened them away to the suaver southland, from which they did not return until the following spring.

    Our Bird Comrades|Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
  • Gray days made only a suaver magic, thunderstorms a madder enchantment, about her eyrie.

    Out of the Air|Inez Haynes Irwin

British Dictionary definitions for suaver


/ (swɑːv) /


(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 suaver



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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