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Meaning of sweet by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Via Middle English swete, sweete, from Old English swēte .


    • IPA: /swiːt/
    • Rhymes: -iːt
    • Homophone: suite


    sweet ( comparative sweeter, superlative sweetest )

    1. Having a pleasant taste, especially one relating to the basic taste sensation induced by sugar .
    2. Having a taste of sugar .
    3. Containing a sweetening ingredient .
    4. ( wine ) Retaining a portion of sugar .
      Sweet wines are better dessert wines .
    5. Not having a salty taste .
      sweet butter
      sweet water
    6. Having a pleasant smell .
      a sweet scent
    7. Not decaying, fermented, rancid, sour, spoiled, or stale .
      sweet milk
    8. Having a pleasant sound .
      a sweet tune
      a sweet voice
    9. Having a pleasing disposition .
      a sweet child
    10. Having a helpful disposition .
      It was sweet of him to help out .
    11. Free from excessive unwanted substances like acid or sulphur .
      sweet soil
      sweet crude oil
    12. ( informal ) Very good; pleasant; agreeable .
      The new Lexus was a sweet birthday gift .




    sweet ( comparative more sweet, superlative most sweet )

    1. In a sweet manner .

    Usage notes



    sweet ( countable and uncountable; plural: sweets )

    1. ( uncountable ) The basic taste sensation induced by sugar .
    2. ( countable, UK ) A confection made from sugar, or high in sugar content; a candy .
    3. ( countable, UK ) A food eaten for dessert .
      Can we see the sweet menu, please?
    4. sweetheart


    Derived terms



Explanation of sweet by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. in an affectionate or loving manner

    2. Susan Hayward plays the wife sharply and sweetly
      how sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank- Shakespeare
      talking sweet to each other
    1. having a natural fragrance

    2. not containing or composed of salt water

    3. having a sweet nature befitting an angel or cherub

    4. a sweet disposition
    5. pleasing to the ear

    6. pleasing to the mind or feeling

    7. sweet revenge
    8. pleasing to the senses

    9. the sweet song of the lark
      the sweet face of a child
    10. with sweetening added

    11. ( used of wines ) having a high residual sugar content

    12. sweet dessert wines
    13. having or denoting the characteristic taste of sugar

    14. not soured or preserved

    15. sweet milk
    1. the property of tasting as if it contains sugar

    2. the taste experience when sugar dissolves in the mouth

    3. a food rich in sugar

    4. a dish served as the last course of a meal

    5. English phonetician

    Definition of sweet by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. 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.”

      Sweet interchange

      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.
    2. 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.

    3. Sweet, adv. Sweetly. Shak.

    4. Sweet, v. t. To sweeten. [Obs.] Udall.