Meaning of sweet by Wiktionary Dictionary
Explanation of sweet by Wordnet Dictionary
- IPA: /swiːt/
- Rhymes: -iːt
- Homophone: suite
- Having a pleasant taste, especially one relating to the basic taste sensation induced by sugar .
- Having a taste of sugar .
- Containing a sweetening ingredient .
- ( wine ) Retaining a portion of sugar .
- Not having a salty taste .
- Having a pleasant smell .
- a sweet scent
- Not decaying, fermented, rancid, sour, spoiled, or stale .
- Having a pleasant sound .
- Having a pleasing disposition .
- Having a helpful disposition .
- Free from excessive unwanted substances like acid or sulphur .
- ( informal ) Very good; pleasant; agreeable .
- ( having a taste of sugar ): saccharine, sugary
- ( containing a sweetening ingredient ): sugared, sweetened
- ( not having a salty taste ): fresh, unsalty
- ( having a pleasant smell ): fragrant, odoriferous, odorous, perfumed, scented, sweet-scented, sweet-smelling
- ( not decaying, fermented, rancid, sour, spoiled, or stale ): fresh, unfermented, wholesome
- ( having a pleasant sound ): dulcet, honeyed, mellifluous, mellisonant
- ( having a pleasing disposition ): cute, lovable, pleasant
- ( having a helpful disposition ): kind, gracious, helpful, sensitive, thoughtful
- ( informal ): rad, awesome, wicked
- ( 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 ): lame, uncool
- boiled sweet
- short and sweet
- sickeningly sweet
- sickly sweet/sickly-sweet
- sweet action
- sweet alison
- sweet almond
- sweet alyssum
- sweet and sour
- sweet as
- sweet as a nut
- sweet as pie
- sweet balm
- sweet basil
- sweet bay
- sweet bells
- sweet birch
- sweet bread
- sweet calabash
- sweet cassava
- sweet cheeks
- sweet cherry
- sweet chocolate
- sweet cicely
- sweet cider
- sweet clover
- sweet coltsfoot
- sweet corn/sweet-corn/sweetcorn
- sweet cream
- sweet cup
- sweet dreams
- sweet elder
- sweet FA
- sweet fern
- sweet flag
- sweet four o'clock
- sweet gale
- sweet goldenrod
- sweet gras
- sweet gum tree
- sweet hereafter
- sweet iron
- sweet leaf
- sweet lemon
- sweet lime
- sweet marjoram
- sweet Mary
- sweet melon
- sweet nothings
- sweet oil
- sweet orange
- sweet pea
- sweet pepper
- sweet pickle
- sweet potato
- sweet rocket
- sweet roll
- sweet scabious
- sweet science
- sweet shrub
- sweet sixteen
- Sweet Sixteen
- sweet sorghum
- sweet spot
- sweet sultan
- sweet talker
- sweet tooth
- sweet unicorn plant
- sweet vermouth
- sweet vetch
- sweet violet
- sweet water
- sweet wattle
- sweet william/Sweet William
- sweet woodruff
- sweet young thing
- winter sweet
Via Middle English swete, sweete, from Old English swēte .
Explanation of sweet by Wordnet Dictionary
- a sweet disposition
- sweet revenge
with sweetening added
- sweet dessert wines
- sweet milk
- Sweet a. [Compar. Sweeter ; superl. Sweetest.] [OE. swete, swote, sote, AS. swēte; akin to OFries. swēte, OS. swōti, D. zoet, G. süss, OHG. suozi, Icel. saetr, soetr, Sw. söt, Dan. söd, Goth. suts, L. suavis, for suadvis, Gr. , Skr. svādu sweet, svad, svād, to sweeten. √175. Cf. Assuage, Suave, Suasion.]
1. Having an agreeable taste or flavor such as that of sugar; saccharine; -- opposed to sour and bitter; as, “a sweet beverage; sweet fruits; sweet oranges.”
2. Pleasing to the smell; fragrant; redolent; balmy; as, “a sweet rose; sweet odor; sweet incense.”
The breath of these flowers is sweet to me. Longfellow.
3. Pleasing to the ear; soft; melodious; harmonious; as, “the sweet notes of a flute or an organ; sweet music; a sweet voice; a sweet singer.”
To make his English sweet upon his tongue. Chaucer.
A voice sweet, tremulous, but powerful. Hawthorne.
4. Pleasing to the eye; beautiful; mild and attractive; fair; as, “a sweet face; a sweet color or complexion.”
Of hill and valley, rivers, woods, and plains. Milton.
5. Fresh; not salt or brackish; as, “sweet water”. Bacon.
6. Not changed from a sound or wholesome state. Specifically: Not sour; as, “sweet milk or bread”. Not state; not putrescent or putrid; not rancid; as, “sweet butter; sweet meat or fish”.
7. Plaesing to the mind; mild; gentle; calm; amiable; winning; presuasive; as, “sweet manners”.
Canst thou bind the sweet influence of Pleiades? Job xxxviii. 31.
Mildness and sweet reasonableness is the one established rule of Christian working. M. Arnold.
☞ Sweet is often used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, sweet-blossomed, sweet-featured, sweet-smelling, sweet-tempered, sweet-toned, etc.
Sweet alyssum. ( Bot. ) See Alyssum. -- Sweet apple. ( Bot. ) Any apple of sweet flavor. See Sweet-sop. -- Sweet bay. ( Bot. ) The laurel ( Laurus nobilis ). Swamp sassafras. -- Sweet calabash ( Bot. ), a plant of the genus Passiflora ( Passiflora maliformis ) growing in the West Indies, and producing a roundish, edible fruit, the size of an apple. -- Sweet cicely. ( Bot. ) Either of the North American plants of the umbelliferous genus Osmorrhiza having aromatic roots and seeds, and white flowers. Gray. A plant of the genus Myrrhis ( Myrrhis odorata ) growing in England. -- Sweet calamus, or Sweet cane. ( Bot. ) Same as Sweet flag, below. -- Sweet Cistus ( Bot. ), an evergreen shrub ( Cistus Ladanum ) from which the gum ladanum is obtained. -- Sweet clover. ( Bot. ) See Melilot. -- Sweet coltsfoot ( Bot. ), a kind of butterbur ( Petasites sagittata ) found in Western North America. -- Sweet corn ( Bot. ), a variety of the maize of a sweet taste. See the Note under Corn. -- Sweet fern ( Bot. ), a small North
American shrub ( Comptonia asplenifolia syn. Myrica asplenifolia ) having sweet-scented or aromatic leaves resembling fern leaves. -- Sweet flag ( Bot. ), an endogenous plant ( Acorus Calamus ) having long flaglike leaves and a rootstock of a pungent aromatic taste. It is found in wet places in Europe and America. See Calamus, 2. -- Sweet gale ( Bot. ), a shrub ( Myrica Gale ) having bitter fragrant leaves; -- also called sweet willow, and Dutch myrtle. See 5th Gale. -- Sweet grass ( Bot. ), holy, or Seneca, grass. -- Sweet gum ( Bot. ), an American tree ( Liquidambar styraciflua ). See Liquidambar. -- Sweet herbs, fragrant herbs cultivated for culinary purposes. -- Sweet John ( Bot. ), a variety of the sweet William. -- Sweet leaf ( Bot. ), horse sugar. See under Horse. -- Sweet marjoram. ( Bot. ) See Marjoram. -- Sweet marten ( Zool. ), the pine marten. -- Sweet maudlin ( Bot. ), a composite plant ( Achillea Ageratum ) allied to milfoil. -- Sweet oil, olive oil. -- Sweet pea. ( Bot. ) See under Pea. -- Sweet potato.
( Bot. ) See under Potato. -- Sweet rush ( Bot. ), sweet flag. -- Sweet spirits of niter ( Med. Chem. ) See Spirit of nitrous ether, under Spirit. -- Sweet sultan ( Bot. ), an annual composite plant ( Centaurea moschata ), also, the yellow-flowered ( Centaurea odorata ); -- called also sultan flower. -- Sweet tooth, an especial fondness for sweet things or for sweetmeats. [Colloq.] -- Sweet William. ( Bot. ) A species of pink ( Dianthus barbatus ) of many varieties. ( Zool. ) The willow warbler. ( Zool. ) The European goldfinch; -- called also sweet Billy. [Prov. Eng.] -- Sweet willow ( Bot. ), sweet gale. -- Sweet wine. See Dry wine, under Dry. -- To be sweet on, to have a particular fondness for, or special interest in, as a young man for a young woman. [Colloq.] Thackeray.
Syn. -- Sugary; saccharine; dulcet; lusciousSweet a.
- Sweet n.
1. That which is sweet to the taste; -- used chiefly in the plural. Specifically: Confectionery, sweetmeats, preserves, etc. Home-made wines, cordials, metheglin, etc.
2. That which is sweet or pleasant in odor; a perfume. “A wilderness of sweets.” Milton.
3. That which is pleasing or grateful to the mind; as, “the sweets of domestic life”.
A little bitter mingled in our cup leaves no relish of the sweet. Locke.
4. One who is dear to another; a darling; -- a term of endearment. “Wherefore frowns my sweet?” B. Jonson.
- Sweet, adv. Sweetly. Shak.
- Sweet, v. t. To sweeten. [Obs.] Udall.
Definition of sweet by GCIDE Dictionary