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
OTHER WORDS FROM sweet
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH sweetsuite 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.
Examples from the Web for sweetest
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
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
He called Allemand “one of the sweetest people I ever knew.”'Bachelor' Contestant Gia Allemand Dies at Age 29 After a 'Serious Medical Event'|Anna Klassen|August 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A feeling of sweetest peace and happiness swept over me, and tears sprang to my eyes.A Woman who went to Alaska|May Kellogg Sullivan
It was not the sweetest way in the world, as all her ways had been, these many weeks, in Jack's imagination.My Lord Duke|E. W. Hornung
Winsomeness of presence is greatest and sweetest when we are wholly unconscious that there is such a thing about us.Quiet Talks with World Winners|S. D. Gordon
Pretty women dressed themselves in their richest garments and smiled their sweetest smiles to charm the conquerors.Porto Rico|Arthur D. Hall
He took out a miniature from his breast—one of the sweetest young faces Jack had ever seen.As We Sweep Through The Deep|Gordon Stables
British Dictionary definitions for sweetest (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for sweetest (2 of 2)
Derived forms of sweetsweetish, adjectivesweetly, adverbsweetness, noun
Word Origin for sweet
Idioms and Phrases with sweetest
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