Definition of sweet in English:

sweet

adjective

  • 1Having the pleasant taste characteristic of sugar or honey; not salt, sour, or bitter.

    ‘a cup of hot sweet tea’
    • ‘Mr Dolan, 47, said the bitter had a sweet, fruity taste and was ‘quite dangerous stuff’ at 4.8 per cent.’
    • ‘Some people taking the drug simply complain that food has lost its taste, but others report a strongly metallic bitter or sweet taste.’
    • ‘It tasted sweet like honey for only a second and then a sudden painful lurching started in her womb.’
    • ‘Taste buds can only distinguish between sweet, salt, sour and bitter and the sense of smell is relied on to obtain the flavour.’
    • ‘The tea tastes a little bitter with some lingering sweet aftertaste.’
    • ‘I walked over to the cupboard, pulling down a mug, then filled it with the sweet bitter taste of homemade coffee.’
    • ‘‘My compliments,’ she said over the steaming cup as the sweet taste of the tea lingered on her tongue.’
    • ‘However, the beef became tasty after absorbing the sweet and sour tastes of the preserved tangerine peel wrapped outside.’
    • ‘Buttermilk is an assortment of three tastes - sweet, sour and astringent.’
    • ‘The smell is pleasant, the taste is slightly sweet and slightly bitter as is typical of ginseng.’
    • ‘They all exhibit sour, salty, sweet, and bitter tastes or can be any combination of the four.’
    • ‘Apples have various tastes, insipid, sweet, very sour and accordingly used in cooking.’
    • ‘Human taste buds react to four tastes: sweet, sour, salty, and bitter.’
    • ‘She raised a finger to her lips and traced them, strangely she could taste the sour but sweet taste still there.’
    • ‘Thai food should have the perfect balance of bitter, salty, sweet, sour and hot.’
    • ‘It tasted sweet and bitter on his tongue at the same time and made him shiver slightly, unable to decide if he enjoyed the taste or not.’
    • ‘The sweet natural taste of honey halvah ice cream complemented the flowery taste of the rose water for a unique blend of earthiness.’
    • ‘It had a bitterly sweet taste, that left her mouth dry, yet the taste was unforgettable.’
    • ‘There are 14 species of salak plants, but only Sibetan salak - with its sweet and sour taste and dry meat - has a high market value.’
    • ‘Chamomile flower (Matricaria spp.) has a pleasantly bitter and sweet taste.’
    sugary, sweetened, saccharine
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    1. 1.1 (of air, water, or food) fresh, pure, and untainted.
      ‘lungfuls of the clean, sweet air’
      • ‘In the Erasama block, which was the worst hit by the cyclone, sweet water is not available even at a depth of 1,500 feet.’
      • ‘It's so quiet it doesn't stop you sleeping, and in the morning the air is sweet and clean.’
      • ‘Fresh, sweet air breezed past Shana's head, her fawn-colored hair streaming behind her in the gust.’
      • ‘In the center of the biggest island you will see tall cedars that mark a spring of sweet water.’
      • ‘When the air is so sweet with blossom and the beginnings of the evening dew you could almost drink it and believe it to be the best elixir known to Man.’
      • ‘My spirit feels reborn, and I breathe in the sweet air of the pardoned prisoner.’
      • ‘He turned the sweet air way up, gave me the headphones and proceeded to finish up my root canal.’
      • ‘There breathes in the face a sweet air of the purest grace, with the hair gathered simply, and all the lineaments are formed to beauty and to modesty.’
      • ‘Tambili or the sweet water from the spliced green or bright orange fruit quenches thirst and fortifies the Lankan soul.’
      • ‘Jonathan Cope is spending this week breathing the sweet air of the French countryside.’
      • ‘She enjoyed the shade that the rustling green canopy gave herself and her boyfriend as they sat together, breathing the fresh and sweet air.’
      • ‘I also readily recall those days when we had sweet water - for breakfast, lunch and dinner.’
      • ‘The man kindled it and in the next moments the fresh and sweet air fulfilled with deep and suffocating smoke and scent of burning flesh.’
      • ‘What had possessed him to leave the beautiful greenness and fresh sweet air of Hilgoth?’
      • ‘The smoking ban is finally here, and so I'm joining the ranks of smug non-smokers - filling my lungs with nothing but clean, sweet air.’
      • ‘The clean sweet air with the damp chill in it of mountain snow.’
      • ‘Head low as the sun grew higher in the sky, he breathed in the fresh, sweet air with a hint of delighted content.’
      • ‘Breathing in the sweet air again, I decided that I definitely liked it here, enough that I might actually settle down here.’
      • ‘She lifted her head and breathed in the sweet air.’
      • ‘Filley took a deep breath of the surprisingly light, sweet air, and knew that she was not asleep or day dreaming or taking a leave of her senses.’
      pure, wholesome, fresh, uncontaminated, clean, clear, not sour, not rotten
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    2. 1.2often in combination Smelling pleasant like flowers or perfume; fragrant.
      ‘a bunch of sweet-scented flowers’
      • ‘Ariana was awoken by the sweet scent of the flowers she knew very well.’
      • ‘Sitting in the shadow of an Osmanthus tree, visitors to Guilin Park are intoxicated by the sweet scent of the flower.’
      • ‘Never again would she see her mom's sparkling blue eyes when Lillie told her one of her lame jokes, or smell the sweet fragranced perfume her mother always wore.’
      • ‘He could smell the sweet smell of flowers wafting in from a balcony next door and hear the sounds of laughter drifting up from the sidewalk below.’
      • ‘Mother-of-thyme is an herb that grows to a height of one to two inches high with purple flowers that have a sweet fragrance during the summer’
      • ‘You graced our suite with the sweet smell of beautiful flowers and Chilean wine.’
      • ‘A beautiful one, with so many wild flowers that a sweet scent of lavender lingered on the soft breeze that was brushing his face.’
      • ‘It smells like some sort of crazy hybrid of fragrant, sweet berries and the floral hyperbole of lavender.’
      • ‘The sweet fragrance of her perfume assaulted his senses.’
      • ‘She was letting him touch her, letting him smell her sweet perfume, letting him savor those things that only Rick should feel.’
      • ‘Another breeze and I smelt the sweet smell of flowers.’
      • ‘I took in a deep breath and smelled the flowers' sweet fragrance.’
      • ‘They say he never took a bath, but he smelled as sweet as a flower.’
      • ‘When I woke up, I smelled this sweet familiar vanilla perfume.’
      • ‘He could smell something, something sweet, like spring flowers on a sunny day.’
      • ‘As she spoke, setting the scene with a brief history of the house and its purportedly ghost ridden past, I noticed a very sweet smell of rose perfume.’
      • ‘Up closer he could smell the sweet scent of her perfume, he only just realised too how incredibly beautiful she was.’
      • ‘She missed the sun on her face, the sweet smell of flowers, the birds and insect life.’
      • ‘Aubrey buried his face into her hair, smelling the sweet scent of rose shampoo, hiding his face from view.’
      • ‘Also with a claim of good mildew tolerance is ‘Blue Lagoon’ a new variety from Thompson, and Morgan with blue flowers and sweet fragrance.’
      fragrant, aromatic, sweet-smelling, perfumed, balmy, scented
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  • 2Pleasing in general; delightful.

    ‘it was the sweet life he had always craved’
    • ‘It's a sweet deal for General Motors, which snags 2% of world market share for a pittance.’
    • ‘I will be begging for sweet delight, until you say I'm yours tonight.’
    • ‘The anger brought the sweet delight from avenging one's own hurt feelings ‘he deserves worse’.’
    • ‘Though her sense of swing is evolving, Bode's unpretentious delivery, easy phrasing and sweet demeanor is delightful.’
    pleasant, pleasing, agreeable, delightful, nice, satisfying, gratifying, welcome, good, acceptable, to one's liking, entertaining, charming, inviting, attractive, fine
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    1. 2.1 Highly satisfying or gratifying.
      ‘some sweet, short-lived revenge’
      • ‘Other commentators see the success of the film, both at the box office and in terms of awards nominations, as some kind of sweet revenge on the Bush administration and those who voted for it.’
      • ‘Eales said the result was sweet revenge for Australia's last minute 39-35 defeat against New Zealand in Sydney last month.’
      • ‘It was sweet revenge for the Dubliner after losing to Leedsman Hunter in last season's Welsh Open final in Cardiff.’
      • ‘So it was a sweet revenge for the Portlaoise lads who swamped Ballinakill Gaels in an equally disappointing meeting.’
      • ‘This is a temple which tells the story of sweet revenge.’
      • ‘Oh, revenge is so sweet, I thought maliciously to myself.’
      • ‘It was sweet revenge for Legers who has lost to Brown on three previous occasions.’
      • ‘Fitzpatrick is the only competitor ever to beat Scott in over 20 bouts and it was sweet revenge for the talented Elton High School pupil.’
      • ‘But Jackie ends up with more than sweet revenge when she finds Frank hanging from a ceiling beam in her living room with a suicide note stuffed in his mouth.’
      • ‘Derry Rovers Youths gained sweet revenge over rivals Spink Celtic in this Shield match played in the Ben Mulhall Park on Sunday, April 7.’
      • ‘Revenge may sometimes be sweet - but at what cost?’
      • ‘The influence of punk is quite sweet and gratifying.’
      • ‘Revenge may be sweet but it is also destructive.’
      • ‘This victory was sweet revenge for last year when Brosna beat Scart in that final.’
      • ‘They are tales of brutal death and sweet revenge, savage slayings and cryptic final words - stories that lift the coffin lid on Yorkshire's grisly past.’
      • ‘Severus gained sweet revenge for their opening day defeat when a brace from Moss earned them a 2-1 win at Thorpe United for whom Wood was on the mark.’
      • ‘They exacted sweet revenge later that year, beating Ireland 1-in a playoff in Paris, ending Cantwell's last hope of reaching a major finals.’
      • ‘His Cooper character in Hang Em High is man striving for revenge but realizes that revenge is not always sweet.’
      • ‘He wants to seek sweet revenge because he feels he's an victim of injustice.’
      • ‘For Burrell, however, who blames Charles for the stress he was put through in the court case, revenge has been sweet and very lucrative.’
    2. 2.2informal often as exclamation Used in expressions of assent or approval.
      ‘Yeah, I'd like to come to the party. Sweet!’
    3. 2.3 Working, moving, or done smoothly or easily.
      ‘the sweet handling of this motorcycle’
      • ‘Performance and drivability are enhanced by a sweet clutch/gearbox combination, giving smooth changes.’
      • ‘I've personally been a revolver man in my later years and I adapt very easily to the LDA's sweet and light action.’
    4. 2.4 (of sound) melodious or harmonious.
      ‘the sweet notes of the flute’
      • ‘Everything got quieter as the sweet sound of the flute continued to play.’
      • ‘It would start with whispers, a sweet sound to catch your ear before maintaining a crescendo into other more vocalized sounds leading to the climax.’
      • ‘The sweet sounds of an unplugged guitar and crackling fire mixed with vague cultish lyrics, opiating our young minds with hope and faith.’
      • ‘And while the record lacks those sonic eruptions, it does pack waves and waves of sweet harmonies.’
      • ‘The sweet sounds of Bach echoed in a seemingly empty loft.’
      • ‘Suddenly the sweet sound of Christine's voice filled his ears.’
      • ‘Jarrod's a big fella, well over 6 feet, with hands the size of tree stumps, but still able to coax sweet sounds from a guitar.’
      • ‘As Tory opened the front door, the sweet sound of Greta's piano floated through the house.’
      • ‘To walk across fields and meadows in early summer and no longer see a speck in the sky and hear a sweet trill like song and crescendo of melodic notes from the skylark.’
      • ‘There's nothing like the sweet sounds of an electric guitar to start the day off well, though for some reason my neighbours disagree.’
      • ‘My issue would be born clear-headed, with music, sweet music, our only drug.’
      • ‘The sweet sounds of 50's pop filled the room, and as Jamie listened to a ballad about love, she recalled her previous thought of Walker.’
      • ‘The sweet sound of the Northumbrian pipes, playing folk tunes which would have been familiar to eighteenth-century audiences, greeted us as we climbed the stairs.’
      • ‘All aspects of the effects, dialogue, and Miles Goodman's sickeningly sweet music score are clear and distortion free.’
      • ‘Ears still stand up, but for the sweet sounds of the silver lining in the music they make together.’
      • ‘This was sweet music as mature as a fine malt whiskey.’
      • ‘The sweet sound of the trumpets sounded and I was declared winner of the bout.’
      • ‘It has a sound that is somewhere between big-band and jazz, sweet music to the ears.’
      • ‘Shutting his eyes slightly, he listened to the to the duo make sweet music.’
      • ‘The album is overflowing with sweet harmonies and guitar riffs and beats that are edgy without being overbearing.’
      musical, tuneful, dulcet, melodious, lyrical, mellifluous, soft, harmonious, euphonious, silvery, honeyed, liquid, mellow, rich, smooth, sweet-sounding, sweet-toned, silver-toned, bell-like, golden
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    5. 2.5US Denoting music, especially jazz, played at a steady tempo without improvisation.
      • ‘The fact that these impressions are expressed in the context of a description of sweet music gives the adjective a power of referring to the impression also.’
      • ‘It was a sweet music essay that had racy numbers set to the foot stomping ‘Dandia’ tunes, apart from her chartbusters.’
      • ‘By now, all that sweet music Buffett and Clayton had made together was a distant memory.’
      • ‘Here as the cymbals and drums make sweet music, hundreds of families gather to pray.’
      • ‘The sweet music brings holiness and purity of thought to the mind.’
      • ‘The music picked up the tempo and overhead a saxophone played sweet jazz.’
      • ‘Eastwood After Hours is a disc filled with passionate music, a lot of fun and some sweet, sweet jazz music.’
      • ‘On ‘Feel Free’ Peter Nelson waxes spiritual over a sweet reggae beat.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, the sad piano music was sweet and soothing, adding to an effect of the golden sun rising and the sunlight seeping through my windows.’
  • 3(of a person or action) pleasant and kind or thoughtful.

    ‘a very sweet nurse came along’
    ‘it was sweet of you to come’
    • ‘I always thought that you were sweet and nice, and you were always there for me.’
    • ‘A great heart, a sweet personality, but bumbling and awkward.’
    • ‘He was an extremely friendly and sweet man and he will be missed.’
    • ‘While Lindsay and I disagree on some things, she's a sweet person.’
    • ‘She was sweet and nice to mostly everyone she meet, she didn't deserve to get in trouble cause of his stupid idea.’
    • ‘But you better not cross her, because even though she's mostly sweet and nice and very pretty, she's not afraid to write a song about you if she has to.’
    • ‘Although they were obviously a very closely-knit group of friends, they were sweet people, and they seemed to be very accepting of her.’
    • ‘Kris is a really nice and sweet guy, who'll do just about anything I ask of him.’
    • ‘I've actually met Clay at a meet and greet, and he truly is the kind-hearted sweet man he appears to be.’
    • ‘They had all proven to me that they were sweet and nice and friendly.’
    • ‘The dad was an extremely sweet person, Mel says.’
    • ‘We did hang out with them in Montreal, though, and they were so sweet, they totally understood where we came from.’
    • ‘He was really sweet and nice, even when he was laughing in dry amusement at her crazier antics.’
    • ‘It was bought for me by some of my closest friends and some of my favourite web people - really really sweet friends who clubbed together for my thirtieth birthday.’
    • ‘He's not intimidating, though, he's an incredibly sweet guy.’
    • ‘Put on some good music, read a good book, cook a roast, encourage friends to visit with red wine and you're sweet.’
    • ‘Alyssa had known Valerie for a couple of months then and thought Valerie was a sweet person.’
    • ‘She is sweet, sincere, genuine, thoughtful, compassionate and he knew she liked him for him, not his money.’
    • ‘Who would have thought that such a kindly, sweet lady would write such murderous tales?’
    • ‘Huh, so one of the top five good-looking blokes of my entire University career, and a really nice, sweet person, chats me up on my first night and I turn him down.’
    likeable, appealing, engaging, amiable, pleasant, agreeable, genial, friendly, nice, good-natured, kind, kindly, kind-hearted, thoughtful, considerate
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    1. 3.1 Charming and endearing.
      ‘a sweet little cat’
      • ‘He looked so sweet and so endearing, and so caring.’
      • ‘They make him look so sweet and adorable and well, that's a total misconception if you really know Jake.’
      • ‘My sweet cat is very loving and hardly ever moves, so she never causes me any trouble.’
      • ‘Like a lot of people I've heard from, my expectations for it were not exactly sky high, but I was very pleasantly surprised at how charming and sweet the movie is.’
      • ‘When I tell you Polo was a sweet cat, understand I don't mean she was nice for a cat.’
      • ‘For the second year in a row I am assisting with finding a home for a sweet little black cat.’
      • ‘Her sweet voice and cute, large eyes attracted most people.’
      • ‘It is that idealism and sweet sentiment which make Barrichello so endearing and were he able to usurp Schumacher Senior this season, there are few who would begrudge him the title.’
      • ‘I find people treating my friends' guide dogs as being sweet or cute offensive - they are working dogs, and no cuter or more highly trained than a heading dog.’
      • ‘Secretly Henrietta longed for a cat, a sweet gray tabby with little paws and doleful eyes who she could share her life long secrets with.’
      • ‘High-heel shoes, lacy lingerie, micro-mini skirts and boob tubes are not cute or sweet or in any way appropriate for young girls, no matter how pink and fluffy their packaging.’
      • ‘Haden has an endearing and sweet voice and Frisell's guitar is just as elegant and persuasive.’
      • ‘He was so cute, so sweet, so special and so attractive.’
      • ‘It's a rather sweet and endearing little premise, one which the folks behind this film are hoping that coveted tween market might enjoy.’
      • ‘Probably as much as I adore her amazingly endearing, sweet, dorky, and beautiful boyfriend.’
      • ‘A charming and sweet, for this family, episode that centers on their holiday celebrations in New York.’
      • ‘Most cats in these organizations are healthy and sweet kittens and cats.’
      • ‘Once again, he blew everyone away with his sweet voice and endearing songs about love and loss.’
      • ‘Throughout most of it he is, on the surface and even in his heart, a charming, sweet sort of chap, not at all a villain.’
      cute, lovable, adorable, endearing, charming, attractive, dear
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    2. 3.2sweet oninformal, dated Infatuated or in love with.
      ‘she seemed quite sweet on him’
      • ‘I can't read signals well, but if I were to take a stab at it, I would guess that she is sweet on me.’
      • ‘Something tells me you're rather sweet on this girl of yours?’
      • ‘Mick was pretty sweet on her,’
      • ‘It's Polly and Robert; they're sweet on each other, as if you couldn't guess.’
      • ‘Me and him were sweet on each other when we were just knee high.’
      • ‘I don't think that their sound engineer noticed that I'm a little bit sweet on him.’
      • ‘I guess he's sweet on Anna.’
      • ‘I noticed that he was kind of sweet on one of the waitresses there.’
      • ‘Yep, I think she's sweet on him.’
      • ‘He's unfailingly calm and polite around Claire, and we get the sense throughout this episode that Ethan is sweet on her.’
      fond of, taken with, attracted to, charmed by, captivated by, enchanted by, in love with, enamoured of, infatuated with, love-struck by, keen on, devoted to, smitten with, head over heels in love with
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    3. 3.3 Dear; beloved.
      ‘my sweet love’
      dear, dearest, darling, beloved, loved, cherished, precious, treasured, prized, worshipped, idolized
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    4. 3.4archaic Used as a respectful form of address.
      ‘go to thy rest, sweet sir’
  • 4Used for emphasis in various phrases and exclamations.

    ‘What had happened? Sweet nothing’
    • ‘There was about her, in George Eliot's lovely phrase, ‘the sweet presence of a good diffused’.’
    • ‘In fact, I'd like to think that, were the incident to recur today, I would politely shove him to the ground, dole out a few sweet phrases, and send him packing.’

noun

  • 1British A small shaped piece of confectionery made with sugar.

    ‘a bag of sweets’
    • ‘Avoid sugar and other sweets in order to bring your body's blood-sugar levels back within a normal range.’
    • ‘But what a good idea to have prepared a large collection of bags of sweets to pass to your daughters at regular intervals throughout the film.’
    • ‘When my school friends persuaded me to try stealing a penny sweet from a local shop, I couldn't do it from Mr K's shop, because he knew me.’
    • ‘TWO sisters were seriously injured when they were hit by a car after walking to the shop for sweets.’
    • ‘Note that eating sugar and sweets increases your attractiveness to many insects!’
    • ‘Halvais have produced as many variations on their themes as European confectioners have on boiled sugar sweets.’
    • ‘Police had observed 47 children buying sweets from the shop late on a Sunday afternoon.’
    • ‘Kids get more punishment than that for stealing a few sweets from a shop.’
    • ‘Along with that was a small bag of sweets and some chocolate.’
    • ‘Casey James Confectionery Store has sold sweets and candies on St Mary's Street, off the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, since 1954.’
    • ‘He also spoke to Mr Wells, who made some of the memory-evoking sweets in the confectioner's shop in Princess Mary Court.’
    • ‘Shops sell seasonal sweets such as flat hard cakes called klaasjes, and speculoos, gingerbread moulded in the shape of St Nicholas.’
    • ‘Another point to stress is that they do not seem to have candies or sweets for children: sugar is in short supply and regarded’
    • ‘The sandwiches and shows, and a little sweet shop he set up at the end of the flats.’
    • ‘When I was a young child, I used to live near a shop that sold sweets in jars.’
    • ‘The child and ego within him have never been able to resist the lure of a bag of sweets.’
    • ‘A run on stocks in the shops began at once, and by the middle of that summer there was queueing for sweets, and many shops had imposed unofficial ration schemes.’
    • ‘Some 45 Asian workers at the factory, which produces Indian sweets for restaurants and shops, have been taking action over low pay for several weeks.’
    • ‘The workers produce handmade Indian sweets for shops and restaurants.’
    • ‘Then came the sweet: an enormous confection covered with spun sugar.’
    piece of confectionery, chocolate, bonbon, fondant, toffee
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  • 2British A sweet dish forming a course of a meal; a pudding or dessert.

    • ‘Pudding was rose - flavoured chum chum sweetmeats, lachedar rabri, a milk sweet, and tila kulfi - Indian ice cream on a stick, delivered by cart.’
    • ‘Different sweets we just had to try, sticky toffee pudding, cheesecake, and chocolate gateaux.’
    • ‘Divided into sections that cover small eats, drinks, soups, rice dishes, side dishes and sweets, the recipes are clear and concise.’
    • ‘Faced with multiple sweets and puddings, I simply reclined and used the best of the divan.’
    • ‘Patients can choose from a variety of main courses, accompaniments and sweets for their lunch or supper, and there are vegetarian, halal and high calorie choices.’
    • ‘Coffee is also their speciality and meals available include breakfasts, lunches and afternoon sweets, which are available to eat in or takeaway.’
    • ‘Amongst the sweets is Xmas Igloo, Christmas pudding ice cream made with brandy.’
    • ‘I passed on the sweets, but my husband chose the double chocolate pudding with custard.’
    • ‘We were in the mood for sweets, and Smiths duly obliged with a superb creme brûlée for me and a sweet pastry case filled with mixed berries topped with creme fraiche and berry sauce for my mother.’
    • ‘A number of desserts and sweets have a national presence, principally a group of milk desserts of the flan or caramel custard family.’
    dessert, pudding, sweet course, second course, last course
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  • 3Used as an affectionate form of address.

    ‘hello, my sweet’
    dear, darling, dearest, dear one, love, sweetheart, beloved, honey, pet, treasure, angel
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  • 4sweetsarchaic, literary The sweet part or element of something.

    ‘you have had the bitter, now comes the sweet’
    1. 4.1sweets The pleasures or delights found in something.
      ‘the sweets of office’
      • ‘Or is this repertoire of sweets a taste of things to come for the Indian team?’

Phrases

  • be like a kid in a sweet shop

    • Have many enticing options from which it is difficult to make a selection.

      ‘I joined two dating sites and for the first few months was like a kid in a sweet shop’
  • keep someone sweet

    • informal Keep someone well disposed towards oneself, especially by favours or bribery.

      • ‘I can understand Ellis not wanting people to harass WB over it, he probably wants to keep them sweet in case any of his other work get the opportunity to jumpstart a tv show.’
      • ‘If it's not harming you, then let him do as he likes to keep him sweet.’
      • ‘While his habit of snorting cocaine off the Bible leaves a lot to be desired, he has enough money to keep Rosemary sweet from selling off his dead daughter's antique furniture.’
      • ‘This is simply an allegation that they are keeping him sweet, as it were.’
      • ‘I just wrote a screenplay which I'm hoping Dave will one day direct, so it behoves me to keep him sweet.’
      • ‘To protect his position, he needs to keep them sweet.’
      • ‘Based on his track record Dyke has every chance of winning the ratings war, keeping Middle England sweet and protecting the licence fee.’
      • ‘Tax on alcohol and cigarettes unchanged to try and keep us sweet.’
      • ‘This is really a result of working with God - they really wouldn't appreciate me demanding something and you know I like to keep them sweet!’
      • ‘The only advantage seemed to lie with the army top brass, who were handed lucrative diamond and mineral concessions to keep them sweet.’
      be obsequious towards, grovel to, be servile towards, be sycophantic towards, kowtow to, abase oneself to, demean oneself to, bow and scrape to, prostrate oneself to, toady to, truckle to, dance attendance on, fawn on, make up to, play up to, ingratiate oneself with, rub up the right way, curry favour with
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  • in one's own sweet time (or way)

    • When (or how) one wants to, regardless of the possible inconvenience caused to others.

      • ‘Surely, it is better to let the dead lie and allow memories to fester in their own sweet time?’
      • ‘I also tend to quite readily submit to other people's impatience, if they want to me to do something right away, rather than doing things in my own sweet time.’
      • ‘The upshot is that both Quark and Adobe know they can move platforms in their own sweet time.’
      • ‘Go to hell, we will get to you in our own sweet time.’
      • ‘Either for Ulva to contact us in her own sweet time or for Taman to make his move.’
  • she's sweet

    • informal All is well.

  • sweet as

    • informal Very satisfactory; excellent.

      ‘working together was sweet as’
      • ‘Both boys declare the park "sweet as".’
      • ‘Having nearly lost my first son the first time, and all the complications of a premature baby the second time, this time should be sweet as.’
      • ‘Forty dollars would be sweet as.’
      • ‘To hear their fans vibing was sweet as, bro.’
      • ‘If it is helping this guy recover then, you know what, sweet as.’
      • ‘She's looking sweet as.’
      • ‘Chinese takeaway would be sweet as.’
  • sweet dreams

    • Used to express good wishes to a person going to bed.

      • ‘After so many years Julie had gotten used to putting herself to bed, but that never changed the fact that she wished someone would be there to tuck her in, and wish her sweet dreams.’
      • ‘The girls complied, and Nicole peeked into the living room to wish her mother sweet dreams before going to bed.’
      • ‘Time now to slip away into that state of being awake and asleep at the same time. Good morning and sweet dreams.’
      • ‘I will see you tomorrow Brigid, sweet dreams.’
      • ‘Amy smiled, wished him sweet dreams, and walked into her room.’
  • sweet sixteen

    • Sixteen regarded as the characteristic age of prettiness and innocence in a girl.

      • ‘I didn't know where I was going to spend my sweet sixteen, and I really didn't want to spend it with my parents.’
      • ‘All these years later Im absolutely proud of my sweet sixteen, who has trooped around the world with dad, three continents, five states, and a hundred sad goodbyes.’
      • ‘But one of us won't be having a very sweet sixteen.’
      • ‘Kelly was happy, her sweet sixteen would be great.’
      • ‘I would even greet every single person I come across on my way to the gym, and smile like it was my sweet sixteen today, I'd decided.’
      • ‘The participants range from pre-teen to sweet sixteen.’
      • ‘It only happens once in a lifetime to enjoy a girl's sweet sixteen.’
      • ‘‘But, you're turning sweet sixteen, and I think that calls for a celebration,’ refused Vera.’
      • ‘So back to the point, I received no mode of transportation for turning sweet sixteen.’
      • ‘And why plan a sweet sixteen when you can't stand what friends you do have?’

Origin

Old English swēte, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zoet, German süss, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin suavis and Greek hēdus.

Pronunciation

sweet

/swiːt/