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[swee-ting] /ˈswi tɪŋ/
a sweet variety of apple.
Archaic. sweetheart.
Origin of sweeting
1250-1300; Middle English sweting. See sweet, -ing3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Shirley advanced to meet Messrs. Hall and sweeting, shaking hands with them cordially.

    Shirley Charlotte Bront
  • I am a lonely man, my sweeting, and I must settle some day when the wars are over and done.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • I'll go home now, and fret madam, about her young mother-in-law—by'e, sweeting!

  • Away to your chamber, sweeting, and keep a blithe face, for she who confesses is shriven.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • If so be as you come down tonight, be a good chap and bring a barrel of oysters from sweeting's.'

    Greenmantle John Buchan
  • Mr. sweeting touched these men with money, which is the outward and visible sign of verified opinion.

  • Donne and sweeting were quiet before you came, and would be quiet if you were gone.

    Shirley Charlotte Bront
  • Mr. sweeting was quite a favourite with them; even Mr. Malone rather so, because he was a clergyman.

    Shirley Charlotte Bront
  • "It's no answer, my dear boy, to say they wouldn't have liked it," said Mr. sweeting.

    That Unfortunate Marriage, Vol. 2(of 3) Frances Eleanor Trollope
  • Mr. sweeting followed, and would have played with him; but Tartar took no notice of his caresses.

    Shirley Charlotte Bront
British Dictionary definitions for sweeting


a variety of sweet apple
an archaic word for sweetheart
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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