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Sunday, September 09, 2018

Definitions for sweeting

  1. a sweet variety of apple.
  2. Archaic. sweetheart.

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Citations for sweeting
... I do give her the frut of two appel trees one a sweeting ye nothermost of ye sweetings in ye Lower yard and ye westermost tree by ye highway. , "A Trip to Old Harwich," The Owl, September 1903
They be not righteous actions that make a righteous man; nor be they evil actions that make a wicked man: for a tree must be a sweeting tree before it yield sweetings; and a crab tree before it bring forth crabs. John Bunyan, A Discourse Upon the Pharisee and the Publican, 1685
Origin of sweeting
Sweeting is an obvious noun formed from the adjective sweet and the noun suffix -ing “one belonging to, descended from.” The sense “sweetheart,” not used nowadays, dates from about 1300; the sense “a variety of sweet apple” dates from the 16th century.