- The definition of sweet is a description for a person who is nice or for something that tastes good and that is usually sugary.
- An example of sweet is the way you describe a generally nice girl that everyone likes.
- An example of sweet is the way you would describe the taste of cake or candy.
- Sweet means a piece of candy or another good tasting treat.
An example of a sweet is a lollipop.
- having a taste of, or like that of, sugar
- containing sugar in some form: sweet wines
- having a generally agreeable taste, smell, sound, appearance, etc.; pleasant
- agreeable to the mind; gratifying: sweet praise
- having a friendly, pleasing disposition; characterized by kindliness and gentleness: a sweet girl
- dear: formerly a polite form of address: sweet sir
- sentimental, saccharine, or cloying
- Slang good, delightful, etc.: a generalized epithet of approval
- not rancid, spoiled, sour, or fermented: sweet milk, sweet cider
- not salty or salted: said of water or butter
- free from sourness or acidity: said of soil
- free from unpleasant odors and gases
- purified and free from acid, corrosive elements, etc.
- Jazz designating or of music or playing characterized by more or less strict adherence to melody, sentimentality or blandness in tone and rhythm, and a moderate tempo
Origin of sweetMiddle English swete ; from Old English akin to swot, sweetness, German süss, sweet ; from Indo-European base an unverified form swad-, pleasing to taste from source Classical Greek hēdys, sweet, Classical Latin suadere, to persuade and amp; suavis, sweet
- the quality of being sweet; sweetness
- sweet foods
- Chiefly Brit. a piece of candy, or a sweet dessert
- something, as an experience, that gives delight or satisfaction: usually used in pl.: the sweets of victory
- ☆ sweet potato
- a sweet, or beloved, person; darling
be sweet on
- Having the taste of sugar or a substance containing or resembling sugar, as honey or saccharin.
- a. Containing or derived from sugar.b. Retaining some natural sugar; not dry: a sweet wine.
- a. Pleasing to the senses; agreeable: the sweet song of the lark; a sweet face.b. Pleasing to the mind or feelings; gratifying: sweet revenge.
- Having a pleasing disposition; lovable: a sweet child.
- Kind; gracious: It was sweet of him to help out.
- Fragrant; perfumed: a sweet scent.
- Not saline or salted: sweet water; sweet butter.
- Not spoiled, sour, or decaying; fresh: sweet milk.
- Free of acid or acidity: sweet soil.
- Low in sulfur content: sweet fuel oil.
- Music Of, relating to, or being a form of jazz characterized by adherence to a melodic line and to a time signature.
- Slang a. Remarkable; outstanding.b. Used as an intensive: took his own sweet time to finish; earns a sweet million per year.
- Sweet taste or quality; sweetness.
- Something sweet to the taste.
- sweetsa. Foods, such as candy, pastries, puddings, or preserves, that are high in sugar content.b. Informal Sweet potatoes: candied sweets.
- Chiefly British a. A sweet dish, such as pudding, served as dessert.b. A sweetmeat or confection.
- A dear or beloved person.
- Something pleasing to the mind or feelings.
Origin of sweetMiddle English swete, from Old English swēte; see swād- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative sweeter, superlative sweetest)
- Having a pleasant taste, especially one relating to the basic taste sensation induced by sugar.
- a sweet apple
- Having a taste of sugar.
- Containing a sweetening ingredient.
- (wine) Retaining a portion of sugar.
- Sweet wines are better dessert wines.
- Not having a salty taste.
- sweet butter
- Having a pleasant smell.
- a sweet scent
- Not decaying, fermented, rancid, sour, spoiled, or stale.
- sweet milk
- Having a pleasant sound.
- a sweet tune
- Having a pleasing disposition.
- a sweet child
- Having a helpful disposition.
- It was sweet of him to help out.
- (mineralogy) Free from excessive unwanted substances like acid or sulphur.
- sweet soil
- sweet crude oil
- (informal) Very pleasing; agreeable.
- The new Lexus was a sweet birthday gift.
- (informal, followed by on) Romantically fixated, enamored (followed by with), fond (followed by of).
- The attraction was mutual and instant; they were sweet on one another from first sight.
- Pleasing to the eye; beautiful; mild and attractive; fair.
- a sweet face; a sweet colour or complexion
- (having a pleasant taste): bitter, sour, salty
- (containing a sweetening ingredient): nonsweet, sugarless, unsugared, unsweetened
- (of wines: retaining a portion of natural sugar): dry
- (not decaying, fermented, rancid, sour, spoiled, or stale): decaying, fermented, rancid, sour, spoiled, stale
- (not having a salty taste): salty, savoury
- (free from excessive unwanted substances): sour
- ((informal) very pleasing): lame, uncool
- Also used as a positive response to good news or information: They're making a sequel? Ah, sweet!
(comparative more sweet, superlative most sweet)
- In a sweet manner.
(countable and uncountable, plural sweets)
Via Middle English swete, sweete, from Old English swēte, from Proto-Germanic *swōtuz, from Proto-Indo-European *sweh₂d-. Compare West Frisian swiet, Low German sööt, Dutch zoet, German süß, Danish sød.