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sweetly

English

Etymology

From Middle English swetly, swetely, sweteliche, from Old English sw?tl??e (sweetly; pleasantly), equivalent to sweet +? -ly. Cognate with Old High German swuozl?hho (sweetly), Icelandic sætlega (sweetly; with gratitude), German süßlich (sweetish; sugary), Dutch zoetelijk (sentimental).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /?swi?tli/
  • Hyphenation: sweet?ly

Adverb

sweetly (comparative sweetlier or more sweetly, superlative sweetliest or most sweetly)

  1. In a sweet or pleasant manner.

Translations

Anagrams

  • Westley

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sweetly in Examples From Wordnik

  • If you want my attention in a hurry, sing my name sweetly and I am yours!
  • If you want my attention in a hurry, sing my name sweetly and I am yours!
  • She leaves and Megan comes in sweetly and nervously to give Don The Beatles tickets.
  • Just as little girls, instinctively foreshadowing motherhood, play with dolls, so children feel vague sex promptings, and in sweetly ridiculous ways love and quarrel and make up after the approved fashion of lovers.
  • She leaves and Megan comes in sweetly and nervously to give Don The Beatles tickets.
  • “Your espresso is ready, Cadet,” she called sweetly.
  • “Your espresso is ready, Cadet,” she called sweetly.
  • “Your espresso is ready, Cadet,” she called sweetly.
  • One man, newly married, notes on his blog: My wife sees me watching TV and calls my name sweetly, patting her lap, ‘Come on,’ she calls.
  • "Is this interesting enough?" she called sweetly as she got to her feet.


sweet

English

Etymology

From Middle English sweete, swete, from Old English sw?te (sweet), from Proto-West Germanic *sw?t?, from Proto-Germanic *sw?tuz (sweet), from Proto-Indo-European *swéh?dus (sweet).

Cognate and synonymous with Scots sweit, North Frisian sweete, West Frisian swiet, Low German sööt, Dutch zoet, German süß, Danish sød, Swedish söt, Norwegian søt, Latin su?vis, Sanskrit ?????? (sv?dú), Ancient Greek ???? (h?dús). Doublet of suave.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /swi?t/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /swit/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /swi?t/
  • Rhymes: -i?t
  • Homophone: suite

Adjective

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.
    • 2018 May 16, Adam Rogers, Wired, "The Fundamental Nihilism of Yanny vs. Laurel":
      A few types of molecules get sensed by receptors on the tongue. Protons coming off of acids ping receptors for "sour." Sugars get received as "sweet." Bitter, salty, and the proteinaceous flavor umami all set off their own neural cascades.
  3. (wine) Retaining a portion of sugar.
  4. Not having a salty taste.
  5. Having a pleasant smell.
    • 1838, Longfellow, "Voices of the Night: The Reaper and the Flowers":
      The breath of these flowers is sweet to me.
  6. Not decaying, fermented, rancid, sour, spoiled, or stale.
  7. Having a pleasant sound.
    • 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne, A Scarlet Letter, Ticknor and Fields, page 135:
      a voice sweet, tremulous, but powerful
  8. Having a pleasing disposition.
  9. Having a helpful disposition.
  10. (mineralogy) Free from excessive unwanted substances like acid or sulphur.
  11. (informal) Very pleasing; agreeable.
    • 14 November 2014, Steven Haliday, Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland: Maloney the hero
      GORDON Strachan enjoyed the sweetest of his 16 matches in charge of Scotland so far as his team enhanced their prospects of Euro 2016 qualification with a crucial and deserved victory over Republic of Ireland.
  12. (slang) Doing well; in a good or happy position.
  13. (informal, followed by on) Romantically fixated, enamoured with, fond of
    The attraction was mutual and instant; they were sweet on one another from first sight.
  14. (obsolete) Fresh; not salt or brackish.
    • 1627, Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum: or A Natural History, in The Works of Francis Bacon (1826), page 66
      The white of an egg, or blood mingled with salt water, doth gather the saltness and maketh the water sweeter; this may be by adhesion.
  15. Pleasing to the eye; beautiful; mild and attractive; fair.
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise lost (source), Samuel Simmons, page 278:
      Sweet interchange / Of hill and valley, rivers, woods, and plains.

Synonyms

  • (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) very pleasing): rad, awesome, wicked

Antonyms

  • (having a pleasant taste): bitter, sour, salty
  • (containing a sweetening ingredient): nonsweet, sugarless, unsugared, unsweetened, unsweet
  • (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) very pleasing): lame, uncool

Derived terms

Translations

See sweet/translations § Adjective.

Interjection

sweet

  1. Used as a positive response to good news or information.
    They're making a sequel? Ah, sweet!

Adverb

sweet (comparative more sweet, superlative most sweet)

  1. In a sweet manner.
    • 1598, Shakespeare, Love's Labour Lost, Act 1 Scene 1:
      "and, sweet my child, let them be men of good repute and carriage."
      (and, my child, allow them sweetly to be men with good reputations and conduct)

Synonyms

  • (in a sweet manner): sweetly

Translations

Noun

sweet (countable and uncountable, plural sweets)

  1. (uncountable) The basic taste sensation induced by sugar.
  2. (countable, Britain) A confection made from sugar, or high in sugar content; a candy.
  3. (countable, Britain) A food eaten for dessert.
    Can we see the sweet menu, please?
  4. Sweetheart; darling.
    • Wherefore frowns my sweet?
  5. (obsolete) That which is sweet or pleasant in odour; a perfume.
  6. (obsolete) Sweetness, delight; something pleasant to the mind or senses.
    • 1613, John Marston, William Barksted, The Insatiate Countess, III.2:
      Fear's fire to fervency, which makes love's sweet prove nectar.

Synonyms

  • (sweet taste sensation): See sweetness
  • (food that is high in sugar content): bonbon, candy (US), confection, confectionery, lolly (Australia)
  • (food eaten for dessert): See dessert

Derived terms

  • spoon sweet
  • sweet shop / sweetshop

Translations

Verb

sweet (third-person singular simple present sweets, present participle sweeting, simple past and past participle sweeted)

  1. (obsolete or poetic) To sweeten.

Anagrams

  • weest, weets

Afrikaans

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /sv???t/

Etymology 1

From Dutch zweet, from Middle Dutch sweet, from Old Dutch *sweit, *sw?t, from Proto-Germanic *swait-, from Proto-Indo-European *sweyd-.

Noun

sweet (uncountable)

  1. sweat

Etymology 2

From Dutch zweten, from Middle Dutch swêten.

Verb

sweet (present sweet, present participle swetende, past participle gesweet)

  1. to sweat

Middle Dutch

Etymology

From Old Dutch *sw?t, from Proto-Germanic *swait-.

Noun

swêet n

  1. sweat, perspiration

Inflection

This noun needs an inflection-table template.

Alternative forms

  • sweit

Derived terms

  • swêten

Descendants

  • Dutch: zweet
  • Limburgish: zweit

Further reading

  • “sweet”, in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek, 2000
  • Verwijs, E.; Verdam, J. (1885–1929) , “sweet”, in Middelnederlandsch Woordenboek, The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, ?ISBN

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sweet in Examples From Wordnik

  • Rosa, Coretta…I hear you girls singing in the Choir today..sweet sweet music..continuing your work from up there..
  • With sweet almonds always use a small portion of bitter; without them, _sweet_ almonds have little or no taste, though they add to the richness of the cake.
  • I love the decorations, the cute costumes, and all of the sweet treats ... it was definitely a holiday invented for those with a * sweet* tooth (that's totally me!).
  • Dear Mother Bonnivel, is it wicked that I can't be sad and regretful, but that the freedom is so sweet -- _so sweet_? "
  • Opposite, another young lawyer, Eugene Fort, was saying preternaturally bright things to Tiny, who lifted her sweet orbs at intervals and remarked: "How _dreadfully_ clever you are, Mr. Fort; I am _so_ afraid of you!" or "How _sweet_ of you to think I am worth all those _real_ epigrams!
  • The woman leaned toward me, her expression sweet and generous.
  • It is not the orange thing we associate with the term sweet potato.
  • Ms. DICKINSON: That's what we call a sweet gig, my friend.
  • A good starting point in creating a happy kitchen, according to Mr. Grey, is discovering what he calls the sweet spot.
  • But when they broke up this meeting, they sounded a little bit less optimistic than they did earlier today, because they said, in many ways, it is very tough, very difficult to find what they called the sweet spot, enough money to cut but enough to spend to make everybody happy and to really stimulate the economy.

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