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.
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Idioms for sweet
Origin of sweet
historical usage of sweet
The Proto-Indo-European root is swād- “sweet”; the adjective from that root is swādús, which becomes Sanskrit svādús, then Greek hēdýs and hādýs (with the usual simplification of initial sw- to h- ). The extended form swādwis becomes the Latin adjective suāvis “agreeable to the taste” (not necessarily sweet), “fragrant; pleasing to the eyes, the feelings, the mind,” and the verb suādēre “to recommend, make something pleasant.” The root swād- regularly becomes swōt- in Germanic, and the adjective from that root is swōtjaz. The j causes umlaut of the ō, becoming œ or ē and yielding the Old English adjective swœte and swēte, Middle English swet(e), swet, and English sweet.
Very early on, sweet was applied more generally to things that are pleasing or agreeable to bodily senses other than taste buds. In the 14th century, you might say someone was sweet in (the) bed to mean that they were good in bed. From the mid-1500s, sweet-love (now obsolete) was a term of affection for a beloved person. By the late 1500s, you could call someone sweet-tongued, and by the 1900s, whisper sweet nothings to someone.
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Example sentences from the Web for sweeter
When Bronagh appeared, any anxiety that accompanied her journey had given her parents made the hug all the sweeter.
New Coke was sweeter, so (like Pepsi before it) it won the taste test.
NowThis News has a relatively similar version that is shorter and sweeter.
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|Anna Nemtsova|August 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
When asked if life could possible get any sweeter, he said he would like to have someone to share it with.
O sacred first illusions of childhood, you are sweeter than a thousand year of fame!The Delicious Vice|Young E. Allison
In all the world, what is there sweeter than the happy, penetrating, satisfying laughter of unhurt youth?Molly Bawn|Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
Had the bells been all of silver, rung by fairies, the notes could not have been sweeter.The Chauffeur and the Chaperon|C. N. Williamson
Yet I'm sure Ingua has a sweeter side to her nature, if it can be developed, and perhaps old Cragg has, too.Mary Louise in the Country|L. Frank Baum (AKA Edith Van Dyne)
He wondered in a vague way, however, whether Marietta did not have the sweeter temperament—were not really more lovable and cosy.The "Genius"|Theodore Dreiser
British Dictionary definitions for sweeter (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for sweeter (2 of 2)
Derived forms of sweetsweetish, adjectivesweetly, adverbsweetness, noun
Word Origin for sweet
Idioms and Phrases with sweeter
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