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sweet

[sweet] /swit/
adjective, sweeter, sweetest.
1.
having the taste or flavor characteristic of sugar, honey, etc.
2.
producing the one of the four basic taste sensations that is not bitter, sour, or salt.
3.
not rancid or stale; fresh:
This milk is still sweet.
4.
not salt or salted:
sweet butter.
5.
pleasing to the ear; making a delicate, pleasant, or agreeable sound; musical.
6.
pleasing or fresh to the smell; fragrant; perfumed.
7.
pleasing or agreeable; delightful.
8.
amiable; kind or gracious, as a person, action, etc.
9.
dear; beloved; precious.
10.
easily managed; done or effected without effort.
11.
(of wine) not dry; containing unfermented, natural sugar.
12.
(of a cocktail) made with a greater proportion of vermouth than usual.
13.
sentimental, cloying, or unrealistic:
a sweet painting of little kittens.
14.
(of air) fresh; free from odor, staleness, excess humidity, noxious gases, etc.
15.
free from acidity or sourness, as soil.
16.
Chemistry.
  1. devoid of corrosive or acidic substances.
  2. (of fuel oil or gas) containing no sulfur compounds.
17.
(of jazz or big band music) performed with a regular beat, moderate tempo, lack of improvisation, and an emphasis on warm tone and clearly outlined melody.
adverb
18.
in a sweet manner; sweetly.
noun
19.
a sweet flavor, smell, or sound; sweetness.
20.
something that is sweet or causes or gives a sweet flavor, smell, or sound.
21.
sweets, Informal.
  1. candied sweet potatoes.
  2. (in direct address) sweetheart.
22.
sweets, pie, cake, candy, and other foods high in sugar content.
23.
Chiefly British.
  1. a piece of candy; sweetmeat or bonbon.
  2. a sweet dish or dessert, as a pudding or tart.
24.
something pleasant to the mind or feelings.
25.
a beloved person.
26.
(in direct address) darling; sweetheart.
Idioms
27.
sweet on, Informal. infatuated with; in love with:
He's sweet on her.
Origin
900
before 900; (adj. and adv.) Middle English swet(e), Old English swēte (adj.); (noun) Middle English swet(e), derivative of the adj.; cognate with Old Saxon swōti, Old High German swuozi (German süss); akin to Dutch zoet, Old Norse sætr, Gothic suts, Greek hēdýs sweet, Latin suādēre to recommend, suāvis pleasant
Related forms
sweetly, adverb
sweetness, noun
nonsweet, adjective
oversweet, adjective
oversweetly, adverb
oversweetness, noun
supersweet, adjective
supersweetly, adverb
supersweetness, noun
Can be confused
suite, sweet.
Synonyms
1. sugary. 5. melodious, mellifluous. 6. redolent, aromatic, scented. 8. winning, lovable, charming.
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British Dictionary definitions for oversweet

sweet

/swiːt/
adjective
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.
(Austral, slang) 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
adverb
18.
(informal) in a sweet manner
noun
19.
a sweet taste or smell; sweetness in general
20.
(often pl) (Brit) 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 pl) a pleasurable experience, state, etc the sweets of success
25.
(US) See sweet potato
Derived Forms
sweetish, adjective
sweetly, adverb
sweetness, noun
Word Origin
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

Sweet

noun
1.
Henry. 1845–1912, English philologist; a pioneer of modern phonetics. His books include A History of English Sounds (1874)
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Contemporary definitions for oversweet
adjective

excessively sweet; too sweet

Examples

Maple syrup and powdered sugar together made the French toast oversweet.

Usage Note

oversweeten v, oversweetness n

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Word Origin and History for oversweet
sweet
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.
sweet
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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Slang definitions & phrases for oversweet

sweet

modifier

Great; excellent: sweet deal

Related Terms

blonde and sweet


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