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
Boxes of Swisher Sweets, the same cigars Brown is accused of stealing, littered the floor.
When we were trying to get pregnant with our third child, I gave up sweets for about three months.
The camp has a market street where merchants set up shop and sell their goods, mostly small food items and sweets.Millions of Refugees from Syria’s War Are Clinging to Life In Toxic Conditions|Christopher Looney|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Flock to this beautiful tea house to get a taste of authentic Japanese teas and sweets.
This collection is sold exclusively with Henri Bendel, and is an expansion of her preexisting sweets line Sugarpova.Cara Delevingne's Face Gets Made Into a Cake; Harper's Bazaar U.K. to Launch Online Exhibit Featuring Model Self-Portraits|The Fashion Beast Team|August 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
All immediate danger having now been dispelled, the Spaniards solaced themselves with the sweets of revenge.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
A man of about seventy had sat down behind her, and was giving her a bag of sweets, into which she dipped at once, smiling.Camille (La Dame aux Camilias)|Alexandre Dumas, fils
Before he had properly begun to taste of the sweets of fortune they were being dashed from his lips.The Everlasting Arms|Joseph Hocking
Rose became quite gay with her small triumph, and by the time the sweets came she felt that she could talk a little.The Creators|May Sinclair
Old-fashioned sweets were sold in it, and the place was long known as “Granny Bird's toffy shop.”Our Churches and Chapels|Atticus
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