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.
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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH sweetsuite, sweet
Definition for sweet (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for sweet
Or to follow up a raunch-com like The Sweetest Thing with a role in a Martin Scorsese epic (The Gangs of New York).
Hell, think of the center cut from a watermelon, that sweetest part.Hillbilly Heaven: The History of Small-Batch Bourbon|Dane Huckelbridge|March 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Yes,” he continued, smiling happily, “married to the sweetest girl on earth.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One of the sweetest moments in the show is a celebration of the historical gay marriage rulings.Queer Style A History of Fashion at FIT in New York|Peter Davis|September 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A former student described her as "the sweetest woman ever" in an online chat.He Was My Favorite Student, and They Say He Killed a Baby|Brandy Zadrozny|September 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Of this model are some of the sweetest toned violins to be found, of which the Amatis are the type.Violins and Violin Makers|Joseph Pearce
Naturally endowed with the sweetest disposition, virtue seemed never to cost her any effort.Madame Roland, Makers of History|John S. C. Abbott
She disappeared the very day you were drowned; and one can truly say that on that day Clarides lost its sweetest flowers.Honey-Bee|Anatole France
The valley was arrayed in all the freshness and loveliness of spring; La Belle was murmuring her sweetest music.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
A handsome face is the finest of all sights, and62 the sweetest music is the sound of the voice of the woman we love.The 'Characters' of Jean de La Bruyre|Jean de La Bruyre
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