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sweet (swiːt)
1.  having or denoting a pleasant taste like that of sugar
2.  agreeable to the senses or the mind: sweet music
3.  having pleasant manners; gentle: a sweet child
4.  (of wine, etc) having a relatively high sugar content; not dry
5.  (of foods) not decaying or rancid: sweet milk
6.  not salty: sweet water
7.  free from unpleasant odours: sweet air
8.  containing no corrosive substances: sweet soil
9.  (of petrol) containing no sulphur compounds
10.  sentimental or unrealistic
11.  individual; particular: the electorate went its own sweet way
12.  jazz performed with a regular beat, with the emphasis on clearly outlined melody and little improvisation
13.  slang (Austral) satisfactory or in order; all right
14.  archaic respected; dear (used in polite forms of address): sweet sir
15.  smooth and precise; perfectly executed: a sweet shot
16.  sweet on fond of or infatuated with
17.  keep someone sweet to ingratiate oneself in order to ensure cooperation
18.  informal in a sweet manner
19.  a sweet taste or smell; sweetness in general
20.  (Brit) (often plural) any of numerous kinds of confectionery consisting wholly or partly of sugar, esp of sugar boiled and crystallized (boiled sweets)
21.  (Brit) a pudding, fruit, or any sweet dish served as a dessert
22.  dear; sweetheart (used as a form of address)
23.  anything that is sweet
24.  (often plural) a pleasurable experience, state, etc: the sweets of success
25.  (US) See sweet potato
[Old English swēte; related to Old Saxon swōti, Old High German suozi, Old Norse sœtr, Latin suādus persuasive, suāvis sweet, Greek hēdus, Sanskrit svādu; see persuade, suave]

Henry. 1845--1912, English philologist; a pioneer of modern phonetics. His books include A History of English Sounds (1874)

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Word Origin & History

O.E. swete "pleasing to the senses, mind or feelings," from P.Gmc. *swotijaz (cf. O.S. swoti, Swed. söt, Dan. sød, M.Du. soete, Du. zoet, O.H.G. swuozi, Ger. süß), from PIE base *swad- (Skt. svadus "sweet;" Gk. hedys "sweet, pleasant, agreeable," hedone "pleasure;" L. suavis "sweet,"
suadere "to advise," prop. "to make something pleasant to"). Sweetbread "pancreas used as food" is from 1565 (the -bread element may be from O.E. bræd "flesh"). To be sweet on someone is first recorded 1694. Sweet-talk (v.) dates from 1936 (in "Gone With the Wind"). Sweet sixteen first recorded 1826. Sweet dreams as a parting to one going to sleep is attested from 1908. Sweet and sour in cooking is from 1723, not originally of oriental food.

c.1300, "something sweet to the taste," also "beloved one," from sweet (adj.); the meaning "candy drop" is 1851 (earlier sweetie, 1721).
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