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[swahv] /swɑv/
adjective, suaver, suavest.
(of persons or their manner, speech, etc.) smoothly agreeable or polite; agreeably or blandly urbane.
Origin of suave
1495-1505; < French < Latin suāvis sweet
Related forms
suavely, adverb
suaveness, noun
sophisticated, worldly. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for suave
  • Yes, that's a pretty suave picture of me on the image capture.
  • The tenderness of the pasta against the savory, sometimes chewy filling seems suave and satisfying.
  • They were suave, stately, seemingly seasoned financiers whom you felt you could trust implicitly.
  • But they never find their own equivalent to his suave, sneaky-gleeful subversiveness.
  • If there had been a bachelor in this place, in the intervening decades, he seemed not to have been too suave of one.
  • And though he's anything but suave, sophisticated or debonair, he's a joy to behold.
British Dictionary definitions for suave


(esp of a man) displaying smoothness and sophistication in manner or attitude; urbane
Derived Forms
suavely, adverb
suavity (ˈswɑːvɪtɪ), suaveness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin suāvis sweet
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Word Origin and History for suave

early 15c., "gracious, kindly," from Middle French suave, from Latin suavis "agreeable," from PIE root *swad- (see sweet). In reference to persons, sense of "smoothly agreeable" first recorded 1815 (in suavity).

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Slang definitions & phrases for suave



Showing off one's good looks; looking good: styling in that button-down shirt she's stylin' in her fleece mini boots

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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