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.
Origin of sweet
Synonyms for sweet
Related Words for sweetsconfectionery, dessert, confection, candy, pudding, pie, sweetmeats, comfit, pastries, goodies
Examples from the Web for sweets
Contemporary Examples of sweets
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
April 14, 2014
Flock to this beautiful tea house to get a taste of authentic Japanese teas and sweets.The Sweet Side of New York City
December 13, 2013
After all, there are countless pounds of sweets to be had, absolutely free.Los Angeles, Washington & More Trick-or-Treat Capitals
The Daily Beast
October 31, 2012
She was rail-thin, in head-to-toe black, offering us sweets even as she ate none.Tea With Nora Ephron, and Talk of Newsweek and Women Writers
Jessica Bennett, Jesse Ellison
June 28, 2012
No matter what nonsense the little devils got themselves into, Miss Crabtree was always tolerant, patient, and ready with sweets.TV’s Best and Worst Teachers
September 4, 2011
Historical Examples of sweets
The man I remember who gave me sweets when I was a child had black hair; he has red!Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
In his later years Kendall tasted some of the sweets of success.The Poems of Henry Kendall
She took her revenge in the evening by giving us a dish of sweets for dinner that I did not like.My Double Life
But it is when Lulla has undertaken to investigate a tin of sweets that she most suggests Agassiz.Lotus Buds
How unlike the variety of meats and sweets on which I feasted you!'Gorgias
Word Origin for sweet
Old English swete "pleasing to the senses, mind or feelings," from Proto-Germanic *swotijaz (cf. Old Saxon swoti, Swedish söt, Danish sød, Middle Dutch soete, Dutch zoet, Old High German swuozi, German süß), from PIE root *swad- "sweet, pleasant" (Sanskrit svadus "sweet;" Greek hedys "sweet, pleasant, agreeable," hedone "pleasure;" Latin suavis "sweet," suadere "to advise," properly "to make something pleasant to").
To be sweet on someone is first recorded 1690s. Sweet-talk (v.) dates from 1935; earliest uses seem to refer to conversation between black and white in segregated U.S. Sweet sixteen first recorded 1767. Sweet dreams as a parting to one going to sleep is attested from 1898, short for sweet dreams to you, etc. Sweet and sour in cooking is from 1723 and not originally of oriental food.
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