Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. 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. Free from excessive unwanted substances like acid or sulphur.
  • adj. Very pleasing; agreeable.
  • adj. Romantically fixated, enamored (followed by with), fond (followed by of).
  • adv. In a sweet manner.
  • n. The basic taste sensation induced by sugar.
  • n. A confection made from sugar, or high in sugar content; a candy.
  • n. A food eaten for dessert.
  • n. sweetheart

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having an agreeable taste or flavor such as that of sugar; saccharine; -- opposed to sour and bitter
  • 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.
  • adv. Sweetly.
  • 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.
  • transitive v. To sweeten.

from The 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.
  • Dulcet.
  • Engaging, winning, lovely.
  • Lovable.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

Middle English swete, from Old English swēte; see swād- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)

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  • yeah youre right

    June 3, 2012

  • sweet like a sugar :)

    May 27, 2012

  • 13. I know, right? I'd like to hear music that doesn't "adhere" to a time signature.*

    *actually, I probably wouldn't. :-p

    November 21, 2011

  • 13. Not very jazz-like, if improvisation in melody and meter are benchmarks.

    November 21, 2011

  • "13. Music Of, relating to, or being a form of jazz characterized by adherence to a melodic line and to a time signature." --AHD

    November 21, 2011

  • 'How sad and bad and mad it was, but then, how it was sweet.' -Robert Browning

    February 20, 2008