American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having the taste of sugar or a substance containing or resembling sugar, as honey or saccharin.
- adj. Containing or derived from sugar.
- adj. Retaining some natural sugar; not dry: a sweet wine.
- adj. Pleasing to the senses; agreeable: the sweet song of the lark; a sweet face.
- adj. Pleasing to the mind or feelings; gratifying: sweet revenge.
- adj. Having a pleasing disposition; lovable: a sweet child.
- adj. Kind; gracious: It was sweet of him to help out.
- adj. Fragrant; perfumed: a sweet scent.
- adj. Not saline or salted: sweet water; sweet butter.
- adj. Not spoiled, sour, or decaying; fresh: sweet milk.
- adj. Free of acid or acidity: sweet soil.
- adj. Low in sulfur content: sweet fuel oil.
- adj. Music Of, relating to, or being a form of jazz characterized by adherence to a melodic line and to a time signature.
- adj. Used as an intensive: took his own sweet time to finish; earns a sweet million per year.
- adv. In a sweet manner; sweetly.
- n. Sweet taste or quality; sweetness.
- n. Something sweet to the taste.
- n. Foods, such as candy, pastries, puddings, or preserves, that are high in sugar content.
- n. Informal Sweet potatoes: candied sweets.
- n. Chiefly British A sweet dish, such as pudding, served as dessert.
- n. Chiefly British A sweetmeat or confection.
- n. A dear or beloved person.
- n. Something pleasing to the mind or feelings.
- idiom. sweet on Informal Enamored of; in love with.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pleasing to the taste; having a pleasant taste or flavor like that of sugar or honey; also, having a fresh, natural taste, as distinguished from a taste that is stale, sour, or rancid.
- Pleasing to the smell; fragrant; perfumed.
- Pleasing to the ear; making agreeable music; musical; soft; melodious; harmonious: as, a sweet singer; a sweet song.
- Pleasing to the eye; beautiful; attractive; charming.
- Pleasing, agreeable, grateful, or soothing to the mind or emotional nature; exciting pleasant or agreeable feelings; charming; delightful; attractive; hence, dearly loved; precious.
- Gracious; kind; amiable: as, sweet manners: formerly often used as a term of complimentary address: as. sweet sir.
- Free from sour or otherwise excessive taste.
- Fresh; not salt or salted.
- Being in a sound or wholesome state; not sour or spoiled; not putrescent or putrid: as, sweet meat.
- In archery, of a bow, soft in flexure and recoil. See the last quotation under sweetness.
- Synonyms Luscious, sugary, honeyed.
- Redolent, balmy.
- Engaging, winning, lovely.
- n. The quality of being sweet; sweetness.
- n. Something sweet to the taste: used chiefly in the plural.
- n. Confections; bonbons: as, he brought a box of sweets for the children.
- n. Sweet dishes served at table, as puddings, tarts, creams, or jellies: as, a course of sweets preceded fruit and coffee.
- n. Home-made fermented or unfermented liquors, as meads or metheglin.
- n. That which is pleasant to the sense of smell; a perfume.
- n. Something pleasing or grateful to the mind, heart, or desires: as, the sweets of domestic life; the sweets of office.
- n. One who is dear to another; a darling: a word of endearment.
- To make sweet; sweeten.
- Sweetly; in a sweet manner; so as to be sweet.
- In mech., smooth; done without appearance of effort; easy; well-lubricated: as, a sweet run; a sweet cut.
- In mining, free from deleterious gases.
- adj. Having a pleasant taste, especially one relating to the basic taste sensation induced by sugar.
- adj. Having a taste of sugar.
- adj. Containing a sweetening ingredient.
- adj. wine Retaining a portion of sugar.
- adj. Not having a salty taste.
- adj. Having a pleasant smell.
- adj. Not decaying, fermented, rancid, sour, spoiled, or stale.
- adj. Having a pleasant sound.
- adj. Having a pleasing disposition.
- adj. Having a helpful disposition.
- adj. mineralogy Free from excessive unwanted substances like acid or sulphur.
- adj. informal Very pleasing; agreeable.
- adj. informal Romantically fixated, enamored (followed by with), fond (followed by of).
- adv. In a sweet manner.
- n. uncountable The basic taste sensation induced by sugar.
- n. countable, UK A confection made from sugar, or high in sugar content; a candy.
- n. countable, UK A food eaten for dessert.
- n. sweetheart
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having an agreeable taste or flavor such as that of sugar; saccharine; -- opposed to
- adj. Pleasing to the smell; fragrant; redolent; balmy.
- adj. Pleasing to the ear; soft; melodious; harmonious.
- adj. Pleasing to the eye; beautiful; mild and attractive; fair.
- adj. Fresh; not salt or brackish.
- adj. Not changed from a sound or wholesome state. Specifically: (a) Not sour. (b) Not state; not putrescent or putrid; not rancid.
- adj. Plaesing to the mind; mild; gentle; calm; amiable; winning; presuasive.
- n. That which is sweet to the taste; -- used chiefly in the plural.
- n. Confectionery, sweetmeats, preserves, etc.
- n. Home-made wines, cordials, metheglin, etc.
- n. That which is sweet or pleasant in odor; a perfume.
- n. That which is pleasing or grateful to the mind.
- n. One who is dear to another; a darling; -- a term of endearment.
- adv. Sweetly.
- v. obsolete To sweeten.
- adj. having a natural fragrance
- n. the taste experience when sugar dissolves in the mouth
- adj. not containing or composed of salt water
- adj. with sweetening added
- adj. pleasing to the mind or feeling
- adj. pleasing to the senses
- n. English phonetician; one of the founders of modern phonetics (1845-1912)
- adj. having a sweet nature befitting an angel or cherub
- adj. pleasing to the ear
- adj. not soured or preserved
- n. a food rich in sugar
- adj. (used of wines) having a high residual sugar content
- adv. in an affectionate or loving manner (`sweet' is sometimes a poetic or informal variant of `sweetly')
- n. a dish served as the last course of a meal
- adj. having or denoting the characteristic taste of sugar
- n. the property of tasting as if it contains sugar
- 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. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English swete, from Old English swēte; see swād- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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