adjective, sweet·er, sweet·est.
- devoid of corrosive or acidic substances.
- (of fuel oil or gas) containing no sulfur compounds.
- candied sweet potatoes.
- (in direct address) sweetheart.
- a piece of candy; sweetmeat or bonbon.
- a sweet dish or dessert, as a pudding or tart.
Origin of sweet
Synonyms for sweet
Related Words for sweetluscious, delicious, syrupy, beautiful, engaging, generous, mushy, delightful, charming, pleasant, gentle, mild, tender, pleasing, appealing, lovable, loving, fragrant, spicy
Examples from the Web for sweet
Contemporary Examples of sweet
The smell of grilled meat mixes with the exotic wafts of cinnamon tea served with a mush of sweet brown dessert.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech
January 6, 2015
So just looking forward to taking our sweet ass time with this next one.Deer Tick's John McCauley on Ten Years in Rock and Roll
January 2, 2015
The tasteless bread was transformed into a sweet cake that included ingredients, such as dried fruit and marzipan.One Cake to Rule Them All: How Stollen Stole Our Hearts
December 24, 2014
To Hitchcock, this is not a sweet wire from an old colleague but a condolence letter on the occasion of his own death.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
While 15 miles per week has benefits, “the sweet spot is probably around 30 miles of running per week,” Williams argues.Running 15 Miles a Week Could Slash Alzheimer’s Risk
December 12, 2014
Historical Examples of sweet
It is sweet and refreshing to pursue our old subjects of discourse.
But sweet beyond words had been this speech from the bartender.Way of the Lawless
But in her sweet way she had given him her woman's aftermath of love.Viviette
William J. Locke
It has all been very sweet, but it will also be sweet to loaf awhile.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
Lift up your sweet face, my best child, my own Clarissa Harlowe!Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Word Origin for sweet
Old English swete "pleasing to the senses, mind or feelings," from Proto-Germanic *swotijaz (cf. Old Saxon swoti, Swedish söt, Danish sød, Middle Dutch soete, Dutch zoet, Old High German swuozi, German süß), from PIE root *swad- "sweet, pleasant" (Sanskrit svadus "sweet;" Greek hedys "sweet, pleasant, agreeable," hedone "pleasure;" Latin suavis "sweet," suadere "to advise," properly "to make something pleasant to").
To be sweet on someone is first recorded 1690s. Sweet-talk (v.) dates from 1935; earliest uses seem to refer to conversation between black and white in segregated U.S. Sweet sixteen first recorded 1767. Sweet dreams as a parting to one going to sleep is attested from 1898, short for sweet dreams to you, etc. Sweet and sour in cooking is from 1723 and not originally of oriental food.
In addition to the idioms beginning with sweet
- sweet dreams
- sweeten the kitty
- sweetness and light
- sweet nothings
- sweet on, be
- sweet talk
- sweet tooth
- short and sweet
- take the bitter with the sweet