Informal. sweetheart.
Usually sweeties. British. candy; sweets.

Origin of sweetie

First recorded in 1695–1705; sweet + -ie
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Examples from the Web for sweetie

Contemporary Examples of sweetie

Historical Examples of sweetie

  • Here's a sweetie for ye; it's a peppermint lozenge, an' it's a graun' help.

    St. Cuthbert's

    Robert E. Knowles

  • Sweetie was cut out for the undertakin' business, by rights.


    Sewell Ford

  • But this little one with her head on my chest is such a sweetie!

    The Cozy Lion

    Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • He spoke so sadly when he said he had no children of his own, that Sweetie could not refuse to go.

  • When your ship comes in, Sweetie, will it have turkeys and jellies in it?

British Dictionary definitions for sweetie


noun informal

sweetheart; darling: used as a term of endearment
British another word for sweet (def. 20)
mainly British an endearing person
a large seedless variety of grapefruit which has a green to yellow rind and juicy sweet pulp
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Word Origin and History for sweetie

1721, "lollipop;" 1778, "lover, sweetheart," from sweet (n.) + -ie.

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