Definition of sweet adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//swiːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//swiːt//
    (sweeter, sweetest) Kind, Taste of food
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  1. 1  containing, or tasting as if it contains, a lot of sugar a cup of hot sweet tea sweet food I had a craving for something sweet. sweet sherry This wine is too sweet for me. compare bitter, salty opposite sour Wordfinderbitter, bland, hot, pungent, savoury, sour, spicy, sweet, tart, taste See related entries: Taste of food
  2. smell
  3. 2  having a pleasant smell synonym fragrant a sweet-smelling rose The air was sweet with incense.
  4. sound
  5. 3having a pleasant sound a sweet voice
  6. pure
  7. 4pleasant and not containing any harmful substances the sweet air of a mountain village
  8. satisfying
  9. 5making you feel happy and/or satisfied Goodnight. Sweet dreams. I can't tell you how sweet this victory is. He played a sweet shot onto the final green (= in golf). an act of sweet revenge
  10. attractive
  11. 6(especially British English) (especially of children or small things) attractive synonym cute His sister's a sweet young thing. You look sweet in this photograph. We stayed in a sweet little hotel on the seafront.
  12. kind
  13. 7having or showing a kind character She gave him her sweetest smile. He's one of the sweetest people I know. It was sweet of them to offer to help. He’s not what you’d call sweet-tempered! See related entries: Kind
  14. good
  15. 8Sweet! (especially North American English, informal) used to show that you approve of something Free tickets? Sweet!
  16. Word OriginOld English swēte, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zoet, German süss, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin suavis and Greek hēdus.Extra examples I found the dessert a bit sweet for my taste. I’ll keep it short and sweet. Is the tea sweet enough for you? My dear sweet sister Jillie. She looked so sweet and innocent. She was really sweet to me. The air smelled sweet and clean. a rather sweet little cottage a sickeningly sweet smile an overpowering, sickly sweet smell His sister’s a sweet young thing. What a sweet little dog!Idioms (old-fashioned, informal) to like somebody very much in a romantic way (informal) to like food that contains a lot of sugar (often ironic) used to say how pleasant your home is (especially when you really mean that it is not pleasant at all)
    in your own sweet time/way
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    how and when you want to, even though this might annoy other people He always does the work, but in his own sweet time.
    (informal) to say or do pleasant things in order to keep somebody in a good mood so that they will agree to do something for you You’d better keep her sweet if you want her to lend you the money.
    a rose by any other name would smell as sweet
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    (saying) what is important is what people or things are, not what they are called
    (Australian English, New Zealand English, informal) everything is all right (informal) pleasant but not lasting a long time We haven't much time so I'll keep it short and sweet. More Like This Alliteration in idioms belt and braces, black and blue, born and bred, chalk and cheese, chop and change, done and dusted, down and dirty, in dribs and drabs, eat somebody out of house and home, facts and figures, fast and furious, first and foremost, forgive and forget, hale and hearty, hem and haw, kith and kin, mix and match, part and parcel, puff and pant, to rack and ruin, rant and rave, risk life and limb, short and sweet, signed and sealed, spic and span, through thick and thin, this and that, top and tail, tried and tested, wax and waneSee worksheet.
    sweet FA, sweet Fanny Adams
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    (British English, informal) nothing at all. People say sweet FA to avoid saying fuck all.
    romantic words to whisper sweet nothings in somebody’s ear
    the sweet smell of success
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    (informal) the pleasant feeling of being successful
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sweet