adjective, sweet·er, sweet·est.
- devoid of corrosive or acidic substances.
- (of fuel oil or gas) containing no sulfur compounds.
- candy, pie, cake, and other foods high in sugar content.
- Informal. sweet potatoes.
- a piece of candy; confection 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.
OTHER WORDS FROM sweet
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH sweetsuite, sweet
Definition for sweet (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for sweet
The Butterbrief, issued by Pope Innocent VIII, was a turning point for the then bland Stollen, which gradually became sweeter.One Cake to Rule Them All: How Stollen Stole Our Hearts|Molly Hannon|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Extra dry, for example, is actually sweeter than brut, which is drier than demi-sec, which is somewhat sweet.
And hopefully all that history (not to mention a little luck with the ponies) will only make it that much sweeter.
Over the years, the dish has acclimated to American taste buds, and become sweeter.‘The Search for General Tso’: The Origins of America’s Favorite Chinese Dish, General Tso’s Chicken|Marlow Stern|April 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
How much sweeter does it feel now that these juicier roles are finally coming your way?Meet the Red Viper: Pedro Pascal on Game of Thrones’ Kinky, Bisexual Hellraiser|Marlow Stern|March 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Almost coincident with the last stroke came the sweeter note of a silver gong from somewhere close at hand.Dope|Sax Rohmer
Could your millions, tea-king, buy for me a sweeter music than the valley's heart throb as it rocks itself to sleep?
Could the bleating of the sheep swing in sweeter to the music of the valley as she is rocked to sleep?
This bay was the gift of a poor man; and the presents of the poor are somehow sweeter perhaps than any others.Child Life In Town And Country|Anatole France
It is better for animals to be where the jungle is, for the jungle is sweeter and kinder than that wilderness of stones—the city.Kari the Elephant|Dhan Gopal Mukerji
British Dictionary definitions for sweet (1 of 2)
Derived forms of sweetsweetish, adjectivesweetly, adverbsweetness, noun
Word Origin for sweet
British Dictionary definitions for sweet (2 of 2)
Idioms and Phrases with sweet
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