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[ sweet ]


, sweet·er, sweet·est.
  1. having the taste or flavor characteristic of sugar, honey, etc.

    Synonyms: sugary

  2. producing the one of the four basic taste sensations that is not bitter, sour, or salt.
  3. not rancid or stale; fresh:

    This milk is still sweet.

  4. not salt or salted:

    sweet butter.

  5. pleasing to the ear; making a delicate, pleasant, or agreeable sound; musical.

    Synonyms: mellifluous, melodious

  6. pleasing or fresh to the smell; fragrant; perfumed.

    Synonyms: aromatic, redolent

  7. pleasing or agreeable; delightful.
  8. amiable; kind or gracious, as a person, action, etc.

    Synonyms: charming, lovable, winning

  9. easily managed; done or effected without effort.
  10. (of wine) not dry; containing unfermented, natural sugar.
  11. (of a cocktail) made with a greater proportion of vermouth than usual.
  12. sentimental, cloying, or unrealistic:

    a sweet painting of little kittens.

  13. (of air) fresh; free from odor, staleness, excess humidity, noxious gases, etc.
  14. free from acidity or sourness, as soil.
  15. Chemistry.
    1. devoid of corrosive or acidic substances.
    2. (of fuel oil or gas) containing no sulfur compounds.
  16. (of jazz or big band music) performed with a regular beat, moderate tempo, lack of improvisation, and an emphasis on warm tone and clearly outlined melody.


  1. in a sweet manner; sweetly.


  1. Slang. (used to express approval, admiration, satisfaction, pleasure, etc.:

    I hear she got a promotion. Sweet!


  1. a sweet flavor, smell, or sound; sweetness.
  2. something that is sweet or causes or gives a sweet flavor, smell, or sound.
  3. sweets,
    1. candy, pie, cake, and other foods high in sugar content.
    2. Informal. sweet potatoes.
  4. Chiefly British.
    1. a piece of candy; confection or bonbon.
    2. a sweet dish or dessert, as a pudding or tart.
  5. something pleasant to the mind or feelings.
  6. a beloved person.
  7. Often sweets. (in direct address) darling; sweetheart:

    Yes, my sweet.



[ sweet ]


  1. Henry, 1845–1912, English philologist and linguist.



/ swiːt /


  1. having or denoting a pleasant taste like that of sugar
  2. agreeable to the senses or the mind

    sweet music

  3. having pleasant manners; gentle

    a sweet child

  4. (of wine, etc) having a relatively high sugar content; not dry
  5. (of foods) not decaying or rancid

    sweet milk

  6. not salty

    sweet water

  7. free from unpleasant odours

    sweet air

  8. containing no corrosive substances

    sweet soil

  9. (of petrol) containing no sulphur compounds
  10. sentimental or unrealistic
  11. individual; particular

    the electorate went its own sweet way

  12. jazz performed with a regular beat, with the emphasis on clearly outlined melody and little improvisation
  13. slang.
    satisfactory or in order; all right
  14. archaic.
    respected; dear (used in polite forms of address)

    sweet sir

  15. smooth and precise; perfectly executed

    a sweet shot

  16. sweet on
    fond of or infatuated with
  17. keep someone sweet
    to ingratiate oneself in order to ensure cooperation


  1. informal.
    in a sweet manner


  1. a sweet taste or smell; sweetness in general
  2. often plural any of numerous kinds of confectionery consisting wholly or partly of sugar, esp of sugar boiled and crystallized ( boiled sweets )
  3. a pudding, fruit, or any sweet dish served as a dessert
  4. dear; sweetheart (used as a form of address)
  5. anything that is sweet
  6. often plural a pleasurable experience, state, etc

    the sweets of success




  1. SweetHenry18451912MEnglishLANGUAGE: philologist Henry. 1845–1912, English philologist; a pioneer of modern phonetics. His books include A History of English Sounds (1874)

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Derived Forms

  • ˈsweetish, adjective
  • ˈsweetly, adverb
  • ˈsweetness, noun

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Other Words From

  • sweet·ly adverb
  • sweet·ness noun
  • non·sweet adjective
  • o·ver·sweet adjective
  • o·ver·sweet·ly adverb
  • o·ver·sweet·ness noun
  • su·per·sweet adjective
  • su·per·sweet·ly adverb
  • su·per·sweet·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of sweet1

First recorded before 900; (adjective and adverb) Middle English swet(e), Old English swēte (adjective); (noun) Middle English swet(e), derivative of the adjective; cognate with Old Saxon swōti, Old High German swuozi ( German süss ); akin to Dutch zoet, Old Norse sætr, Gothic suts, Sanskrit svādú-, Greek hēdýs, hādýs “sweet,” Latin suāvis “pleasant” and suādēre “to recommend”

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Word History and Origins

Origin of sweet1

Old English swēte; related to Old Saxon swōti, Old High German suozi, Old Norse sœtr, Latin suādus persuasive, suāvis sweet, Greek hēdus, Sanskrit svādu; see persuade , suave

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. sweet on, Informal. infatuated with; in love with:

    He's sweet on her.

  2. short and sweet. short and sweet ( def ).

More idioms and phrases containing sweet

  • short and sweet
  • take the bitter with the sweet

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Example Sentences

“Our sweet spot is that we can protect those thousands of devices by learning those nuances and we can do that really quickly, scaling up to thousands of devices with our generalized model because we take this agentless-based approach,” she said.

These beans are roasted in California, and once they arrive in your cup, they’re fruity and sweet with notes of toffee.

In addition to scent, tobacco hawkmoths track flowers visually, so Knaden’s team used that trait, along with a sweet snack, to train the moth to be attracted to a pollution-altered scent.

If you love sweets, you will never maintain a diet that cuts out all sweets.

Those words were the sweetest ones I’d heard in quite some time.

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The smell of grilled meat mixes with the exotic wafts of cinnamon tea served with a mush of sweet brown dessert.

She was even sweet to that smug ingrate Miss Bunting after she kept insulting everyone at dinner.

So just looking forward to taking our sweet ass time with this next one.

Adults prepare food and drink dark sweet tea on the doorsteps of their homes as they watch their children playing.

The tasteless bread was transformed into a sweet cake that included ingredients, such as dried fruit and marzipan.

She looked so sweet when she said it, standing and smiling there in the middle of the floor, the door-way making a frame for her.

She did not need a great cook-book; She knew how much and what it took To make things good and sweet and light.

So after a few minutes I remarked to him, "Everything tastes very sweet out of this spoon!"

Give a sweet savour, and a memorial of fine flour, and make a fat offering, and then give place to the physician.

He turned to the gentle accents of his sweet Alice, breathed in a letter which had been wet with her grateful tears.


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