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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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  • Perhaps the lack of enthusiasm in his manner was puzzling, but the suave official paid no heed.

    The Message Louis Tracy
  • He was dignified and suave and gracious, also persuasive when he chose to be.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • This man Bolitho had created a new atmosphere in the court; his suave, almost smiling, features had changed.

    The Day of Judgment Joseph Hocking
  • The handsome Cardinal was suave, courtly, regretful, but firm.

  • His face now was mask-like, and his voice was suave and even as he addressed the officer.

    The Lady of North Star Ottwell J. Binns
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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