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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.
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Origin of suave

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


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Examples from the Web for suavest

Historical Examples

  • "Good-mornin', Cousin Phœbe," he said, with his suavest manner.

    The Panchronicon

    Harold Steele Mackaye

  • The reverse was the case, as she was one of the smoothest, suavest persons you ever met.

    She and I, Volume 1

    John Conroy Hutcheson

  • Profoundly flattered, Samuel addressed the girl in his suavest tones.

  • "Very little so far," rejoined Henderson with his suavest smile.

    When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry

    Charles Neville Buck

  • Ordinarily a man of the suavest temper, Mr. Hutton found himself trembling with rage.

    Mortal Coils

    Aldous Huxley

British Dictionary definitions for suavest


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

Word Origin

C16: from Latin suāvis sweet
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Word Origin and History for suavest



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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