Definition of suave in English:



  • (especially of a man) charming, confident, and elegant.

    ‘all the waiters were suave and deferential’
    • ‘While McConnell is just as sharp, balanced, and articulate as Roberts, he is less suave and more direct.’
    • ‘In the action field, he's not a fighter, like the martial arts brigade, but a throwback to the era of suave gentleman spies.’
    • ‘He was a suave man, and he had won the respect of millions.’
    • ‘The royal equivalent of a Hollywood matinee idol, he was tall, suave, charming and debonair, with the unmistakeable look of his Hanoverian forebears.’
    • ‘Jake always managed to insult my very being and yet able to do it in his arrogant, oh-so charming and suave way.’
    • ‘He was an amazing dancer and his demeanor radiated confidence and suave.’
    • ‘Despite his attempts to seem sophisticated and suave, he is endearingly naive, but also intelligent and thoughtful.’
    • ‘His friends looked as though they didn't know what had hit them when Brandon walked through the door with suave confidence.’
    • ‘Intense emotions of fear, anger and jealousy bombard the once suave male.’
    • ‘According to marketing, drinking is wonderful, it helps you get the girl or the guy, it's exotic and makes you cool, suave and sophisticated.’
    • ‘He could easily have passed for just another suave foreign businessman.’
    • ‘It was a suave, sophisticated affair with no riff-raff allowed in the door.’
    • ‘Ray Porter played by Steve Martin is suave, rich and a consummate seducer.’
    • ‘He's known for his soft, suave nasal voice and gentle demeanour.’
    • ‘Needless to say he was suave, had great finesse, and a quiet sense of style.’
    • ‘But suave man of mystery he isn't, and he just looks uncomfortable and out of place throughout the film.’
    • ‘He is so suave he won't run for fear of getting a strand of hair out of place.’
    • ‘He coolly leans against a pillar and appears the personification of suave elegance, wearing a modern tuxedo.’
    • ‘She didn't belong with these suave men in their summer wear, or the chic women in their expensive dresses and bathing suits.’
    • ‘He might have moved away from being the Angry Young Man to now being the suave older man, but some things will never change including his original screen name.’
    charming, sophisticated, debonair, urbane, worldly, worldly-wise, polished, refined, poised, self-possessed, dignified, civilized, gentlemanly, gallant
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘gracious, agreeable’): from Old French, or from Latin suavis ‘agreeable’. The current sense dates from the mid 19th century.