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 sweeterluscious, delicious, syrupy, beautiful, engaging, generous, mushy, delightful, charming, pleasant, gentle, mild, tender, pleasing, appealing, lovable, loving, fragrant, spicy
Examples from the Web for sweeter
Contemporary Examples of sweeter
When Bronagh appeared, any anxiety that accompanied her journey had given her parents made the hug all the sweeter.A Tale of Thanksgiving Triumph
November 28, 2013
New Coke was sweeter, so (like Pepsi before it) it won the taste test.Pilot Programs: Don't Believe the Hype
January 3, 2013
NowThis News has a relatively similar version that is shorter and sweeter.Worst Debate Moments in the TV Era
October 2, 2012
I am like a piece of sugar that you put in the water—the volume stays the same but the taste is sweeter.Yevgeniya Chirikova: Russia’s Environmental Activist Turned Politician
August 23, 2012
When asked if life could possible get any sweeter, he said he would like to have someone to share it with.Broadway's New Queen
March 17, 2011
Historical Examples of sweeter
A sweeter music, born of the motions of my own spirit, fills my whole hearing.Weighed and Wanting
Oh, there had been moments all the sweeter and more poignant because they had been so fleeting.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
Their flesh was said to be sweeter, juicier, and more tender than the best beef.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
The transaction by any name would smell no sweeter, Calendar.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
Father's a sweeter singer than ever; you'd never have forgotten it, if you'd aheard him just now.'Little Dorrit
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