[ sweet-tawk ]
/ ˈswitˌtɔk /

verb (used without object)

to use cajoling words.

verb (used with object)

to use cajoling words on in order to persuade; soft-soap: They tried to sweet-talk the boss into giving them raises.

Origin of sweet-talk

First recorded in 1925–30

Definition for sweet-talk (2 of 2)

sweet talk

noun Informal.

cajolery; soft soap.

Origin of sweet talk

First recorded in 1925–30
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British Dictionary definitions for sweet-talk


/ informal /


to coax, flatter, or cajole (someone)

noun sweet talk

cajolery; coaxing
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Idioms and Phrases with sweet-talk

sweet talk

Flattery, cajolery, as in She uses sweet talk to get her way. [First half of 1900s]

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