sweet1 S2 W3 comparative sweeter, superlative sweetest
containing or having a taste like sugar [↪ sour, bitter, dry]:
This tea is too sweet.
sweet juicy peaches
kind, gentle, and friendly: ➔ sweet-tempered
a sweet smile
How sweet of you to remember my birthday!
looking pretty and attractive [= cute]:
children/small thingsespecially British English
Your little boy looks very sweet in his new coat.
making you feel pleased, happy, and satisfied:
Revenge is sweet.
Goodnight, Becky. Sweet dreams.
having a pleasant smell [= fragrant]:
the sickly sweet (=unpleasantly sweet) smell of rotting fruit
pleasant to listen to [≠ harsh]:
She has a very sweet singing voice.
to like things that taste of sugar
if you describe water or air as sweet, you mean that it is fresh and clean [≠ stale]:
She hurried to the door and took great gulps of the sweet air.
to behave in a pleasant, friendly way towards someone, because you want them to help you later:
I'm trying to keep Mum sweet so that she'll lend me the car.
if you do something in your own sweet way, you do it in exactly the way that you want to or when you want to, without considering what other people say or think:
You can't just go on in your own sweet way; we have to do this together.
11 American English
a business or financial deal in which you get an advantage, pay a low price etc:
I got a sweet deal on the car.
12 also sweet Fanny Adams British English informal
nothing at all - used when someone wants to avoid saying a swear word directly:
'How much did they pay you for that job?' 'Sweet FA!'
things that lovers say to each other:
a couple whispering sweet nothings to each other
to be very attracted to or in love with someone
15 spoken informal
used to say that you think that something is very good:
'I got four tickets to the concert.' 'Sweet!'
➔ home sweet homeat home1 (13)
➔ short and sweetat short1 (1), sweetnessWORD FOCUS: nice
person: lovely, pleasant, charming, sweet, adorable
thing/place/activity/time: lovely, pleasant, delightful
➔ See also niceWORD FOCUS: taste
delicious/tasty tastes very good
disgusting tastes very bad
hot/spicy has a lot of spices
bland boring and with not very much taste
sweet has a lot of sugar
salty has a lot of salt
sour used about fruit that is not sweet
bitter used about coffee, chocolate, or medicine that is not at all sweettaste
➔ See also taste