What does sweet mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sweet.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Sweet, Henry Sweetnoun

    English phonetician; one of the founders of modern phonetics (1845-1912)

  2. dessert, sweet, aftersnoun

    a dish served as the last course of a meal

  3. sweet, confectionnoun

    a food rich in sugar

  4. sweet, sweetness, sugarinessnoun

    the taste experience when sugar dissolves in the mouth

  5. sweetness, sweetadjective

    the property of tasting as if it contains sugar

  6. sweetadjective

    having or denoting the characteristic taste of sugar

  7. angelic, angelical, cherubic, seraphic, sweetadjective

    having a sweet nature befitting an angel or cherub

    "an angelic smile"; "a cherubic face"; "looking so seraphic when he slept"; "a sweet disposition"

  8. dulcet, honeyed, mellifluous, mellisonant, sweetadjective

    pleasing to the ear

    "the dulcet tones of the cello"

  9. sweetadjective

    pleasing to the senses

    "the sweet song of the lark"; "the sweet face of a child"

  10. gratifying, sweetadjective

    pleasing to the mind or feeling

    "sweet revenge"

  11. odoriferous, odorous, perfumed, scented, sweet, sweet-scented, sweet-smellingadjective

    having a natural fragrance

    "odoriferous spices"; "the odorous air of the orchard"; "the perfumed air of June"; "scented flowers"

  12. sweetadjective

    (used of wines) having a high residual sugar content

    "sweet dessert wines"

  13. fresh, sweetadjective

    not containing or composed of salt water

    "fresh water"

  14. fresh, sweet, unfermentedadjective

    not soured or preserved

    "sweet milk"

  15. sugared, sweetened, sweet, sweet-flavoredadverb

    with sweetening added

  16. sweetly, sweetadverb

    in an affectionate or loving manner (`sweet' is sometimes a poetic or informal variant of `sweetly')

    "Susan Hayward plays the wife sharply and sweetly"; "how sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank"- Shakespeare; "talking sweet to each other"

Wiktionary

  1. sweetnoun

    The basic taste sensation induced by sugar.

  2. sweetnoun

    A confection made from sugar, or high in sugar content; a candy.

  3. sweetnoun

    A food eaten for dessert.

    Can we see the sweet menu, please?

  4. sweetnoun

    sweetheart

  5. sweetadverb

    In a sweet manner.

  6. sweetadjective

    Having a pleasant taste, especially one relating to the basic taste sensation induced by sugar.

  7. sweetadjective

    Having a taste of sugar.

  8. sweetadjective

    Containing a sweetening ingredient.

  9. sweetadjective

    Retaining a portion of sugar.

    Sweet wines are better dessert wines.

  10. sweetadjective

    Not having a salty taste.

  11. sweetadjective

    Having a pleasant smell.

    a sweet scent

  12. sweetadjective

    Not decaying, fermented, rancid, sour, spoiled, or stale.

    sweet milk

  13. sweetadjective

    Having a pleasant sound.

  14. sweetadjective

    Having a pleasing disposition.

    a sweet child

  15. sweetadjective

    Having a helpful disposition.

    It was sweet of him to help out.

  16. sweetadjective

    Free from excessive unwanted substances like acid or sulphur.

  17. sweetadjective

    Very good; pleasant; agreeable.

    The new Lexus was a sweet birthday gift.

  18. Etymology: Via swete, sweete, from swete.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sweetadjective

    Etymology: swete , Sax. soet, Dutch.

    Sweet expresses the pleasant perceptions of almost every sense: sugar is sweet, but it hath not the same sweetness as musick; nor hath musick the sweetness of a rose, and a sweet prospect differs from them all: nor yet have any of these the same sweetness as discourse, counsel, or meditation hath; yet the royal Psalmist saith of a man, we took sweet counsel together; and of God, my meditation of him shall be sweet. Isaac Watts.

    This honey tasted still is ever sweet. Davies.

    Balm his foul head with warm distilled waters,
    And burn sweet wood to make the lodging sweet. William Shakespeare.

    Where a rainbow hangeth over or toucheth, there breatheth a sweet smell; for that this happeneth but in certain matters which have some sweetness which the dew of the rainbow draweth forth. Francis Bacon.

    Shred very small with thime sweet-margory and a little winter savoury. Izaak Walton, Angler.

    The balmy zephyrs, silent since her death,
    Lament the ceasing of a sweeter breath. Alexander Pope.

    The streets with treble voices ring,
    To sell the bounteous product of the spring;
    Sweet-smelling flow’rs, and elders early bud. John Gay.

    The dulcimer, all organs of sweet stop. John Milton.

    Her speech is grac’d with sweeter sound
    Than in another’s song is found. Edmund Waller.

    No more the streams their murmurs shall forbear
    A sweeter musick than their own to hear;
    But tell the reeds, and tell the vocal shore,
    Fair Daphne’s dead, and musick is no more. Alexander Pope.

    Heav’n bless thee!
    Thou hast the sweetest face I ever look’d on. William Shakespeare.

    The white of an egg, or blood mingled with salt water, gathers the saltness and maketh the water sweeter; this may be by adhesion. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    The sails drop with rain,
    Sweet waters mingle with the briny main. Dryden.

    Time changeth fruits from more sour to more sweet; but contrariwise liquors, even those that are of the juice of fruit, from more sweet to more sour. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Trees whose fruit is acid last longer than those whose fruit is sweet. Francis Bacon.

    When metals are dissolved in acid menstruums, and the acids in conjunction with the metal act after a different manner, so that the compound has a different taste, much milder than before, and sometimes a sweet one; is it not because the acids adhere to the metallick particles, and thereby lose much of their activity. Isaac Newton, Opticks.

    Let me report to him
    Your sweet dependency, and you shall find
    A conqu’ror that will pray in aid for kindness. William Shakespeare.

    The Peleiades shedding sweet influence. John Milton.

    Mercy has, could mercy’s self be seen,
    No sweeter look than this propitious queen. Edmund Waller.

    Sweet interchange of hill and valley. John Milton.

    Euryalus,
    Than whom the Trojan host
    No fairer face or sweeter air could boast. John Dryden, Æneid.

  2. Sweetnoun

    Pluck out
    The multitudinous tongue, let them not lick
    The sweet which is their poison. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    What softer sounds are these salute the ear,
    From the large circle of the hemisphere,
    As if the center of all sweets met here! Ben Jonson.

    Hail! wedded love,
    Perpetual fountain of domestick sweets! John Milton.

    Taught to live
    The easiest way; nor with perplexing thoughts
    To interrupt the sweet of life. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    Now since the Latian and the Trojan brood
    Have tasted vengeance, and the sweets of blood,
    Speak. John Dryden, Æneid.

    Can Ceyx then sustain to leave his wife,
    And unconcern’d forsake the sweets of life? Dryden.

    We have so great an abhorrence of pain, that a little of it extinguishes all our pleasures; a little bitter mingled in our cup leaves no relish of the sweet. John Locke.

    Love had ordain’d that it was Abra’s turn
    To mix the sweets, and minister the urn. Matthew Prior.

    Sweet! leave me here a while
    My spirits grow dull, and fain I would beguile
    The tedious day with sleep. William Shakespeare.

    Wherefore frowns my sweet?
    Have I too long been absent from these lips? Ben Jonson.

    As in perfumes,
    ’Tis hard to say what scent is uppermost;
    Nor this part musick or civet can we call,
    Or amber, but a rich result of all:
    So she was all a sweet. Dryden.

    Flowers
    Innumerable, by the soft south-west
    Open’d, and gather’d by religious hands,
    Rebound their sweets from th’ odoriferous pavement. Matthew Prior.

Wikipedia

  1. Sweet

    Sweetness is a basic taste most commonly perceived when eating foods rich in sugars. Sweet tastes are generally regarded as pleasurable. In addition to sugars like sucrose, many other chemical compounds are sweet, including aldehydes, ketones, and sugar alcohols. Some are sweet at very low concentrations, allowing their use as non-caloric sugar substitutes. Such non-sugar sweeteners include saccharin and aspartame. Other compounds, such as miraculin, may alter perception of sweetness itself. The perceived intensity of sugars and high-potency sweeteners, such as Aspartame and Neohesperidin Dihydrochalcone, are heritable, with gene effect accounting for approximately 30% of the variation.The chemosensory basis for detecting sweetness, which varies between both individuals and species, has only begun to be understood since the late 20th century. One theoretical model of sweetness is the multipoint attachment theory, which involves multiple binding sites between a sweetness receptor and a sweet substance. Studies indicate that responsiveness to sugars and sweetness has very ancient evolutionary beginnings, being manifest as chemotaxis even in motile bacteria such as E. coli. Newborn human infants also demonstrate preferences for high sugar concentrations and prefer solutions that are sweeter than lactose, the sugar found in breast milk. Sweetness appears to have the highest taste recognition threshold, being detectable at around 1 part in 200 of sucrose in solution. By comparison, bitterness appears to have the lowest detection threshold, at about 1 part in 2 million for quinine in solution. In the natural settings that human primate ancestors evolved in, sweetness intensity should indicate energy density, while bitterness tends to indicate toxicity. The high sweetness detection threshold and low bitterness detection threshold would have predisposed our primate ancestors to seek out sweet-tasting (and energy-dense) foods and avoid bitter-tasting foods. Even amongst leaf-eating primates, there is a tendency to prefer immature leaves, which tend to be higher in protein and lower in fibre and poisons than mature leaves. The 'sweet tooth' thus has an ancient heritage, and while food processing has changed consumption patterns, human physiology remains largely unchanged.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sweet

    having an agreeable taste or flavor such as that of sugar; saccharine; -- opposed to sour and bitter; as, a sweet beverage; sweet fruits; sweet oranges

  2. Sweet

    pleasing to the smell; fragrant; redolent; balmy; as, a sweet rose; sweet odor; sweet incense

  3. Sweet

    pleasing to the ear; soft; melodious; harmonious; as, the sweet notes of a flute or an organ; sweet music; a sweet voice; a sweet singer

  4. Sweet

    pleasing to the eye; beautiful; mild and attractive; fair; as, a sweet face; a sweet color or complexion

  5. Sweet

    fresh; not salt or brackish; as, sweet water

  6. Sweet

    not changed from a sound or wholesome state. Specifically: (a) Not sour; as, sweet milk or bread. (b) Not state; not putrescent or putrid; not rancid; as, sweet butter; sweet meat or fish

  7. Sweet

    plaesing to the mind; mild; gentle; calm; amiable; winning; presuasive; as, sweet manners

  8. Sweetnoun

    that which is sweet to the taste; -- used chiefly in the plural

  9. Sweetnoun

    confectionery, sweetmeats, preserves, etc

  10. Sweetnoun

    home-made wines, cordials, metheglin, etc

  11. Sweetnoun

    that which is sweet or pleasant in odor; a perfume

  12. Sweetnoun

    that which is pleasing or grateful to the mind; as, the sweets of domestic life

  13. Sweetnoun

    one who is dear to another; a darling; -- a term of endearment

  14. Sweetadverb

    sweetly

  15. Sweetverb

    to sweeten

Freebase

  1. Sweet

    Sweet were a British rock band that rose to worldwide fame in the 1970s as a prominent glam rock act, with their most prolific line-up: lead vocalist Brian Connolly, bass player Steve Priest, guitarist Andy Scott, and drummer Mick Tucker. Sweet were formed in 1967 and achieved their first hit "Funny Funny" in 1971 after teaming up with songwriters Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman and record producer Phil Wainman. During 1971 and 1972, their musical style followed a marked progression from the Archies-like bubblegum style of "Funny Funny" to a Who-influenced hard rock style supplemented by a striking use of high-pitched backing vocals. The band achieved notable success in the UK charts, with thirteen Top 20 hits during the 1970s alone, with "Block Buster!" topping the chart, followed by three consecutive number two hits in "Hell Raiser", "The Ballroom Blitz" and "Teenage Rampage". Their first self-written and produced single "Fox on the Run" also reached number two on the UK charts. These results were topped in West Germany and other countries on the European mainland, where the band was very popular. Like Slade the band turned to more Hard Rock style in their later singles like 1974's Turn It Down, but from 1976, the success started to decline! The Sweet had their last Top 10 hit in 1978 with "Love Is Like Oxygen". Connolly left the group in 1979 to start a solo career and the remaining members continued as a threesome until disbanding in 1981.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sweet

    swēt, adj. pleasing to the taste or senses: tasting like sugar: fragrant: melodious: beautiful, grateful to the eye: fresh, as opposed to salt or to sour: pure: recent, not stale, sour, or putrid: mild, soft, gentle: kind, obliging.—n. a sweet substance: a term of endearment: (pl.) sweetmeats, confections: sweet dishes served at table, puddings, tarts, jellies, &c.—v.t. (obs.) to sweeten.—adj. Sweet′-and-twen′ty (Shak.), at once fair and young.—ns. Sweet′-bay, the laurel (Laurus nobilis); Sweet′bread, the pancreas of an animal used for food, both delicate and nutritious.—adj. Sweet′-breathed, sweet-smelling.—ns. Sweet′-brī′er, a thorny shrub of the rose kind resembling the brier, having a sweet smell; Sweet′-corn, a variety of maize.—v.t. Sweet′en, to make sweet: to make pleasing, mild, or kind: to increase the agreeable qualities of: to make pure and healthy.—ns. Sweet′ener, one who, or that which, sweetens; Sweet′ening, act of sweetening: that which sweetens; Sweet′-flag, -rush, an aromatic plant of the genus Acorus of the arum family; Sweet′heart, a lover or mistress.—n.pl. Sweet′ies, confections.—n. Sweet′ing, a sweet apple: (Shak.) a darling, a word of endearment.—adj. Sweet′ish, somewhat sweet to the taste.—ns. Sweet′ishness; Sweet′-john, a flower of the narrow-leaved varieties of a species of pink, Dianthus barbatus, as distinguished from other varieties called Sweet-william; Sweet′leaf, a small tree in the southern United States, having sweetish leaves relished by cattle and horses; Sweet′-lips, one whose lips are sweet—a term of endearment: the ballanwrasse, or Labrus maculatus.—adv. Sweet′ly.—ns. Sweet′-mar′joram, a fragrant species of marjoram; Sweet′meat, a confection made wholly or chiefly of sugar; Sweet′-nan′cy, the double-flowered variety of Narcissus poeticus; Sweet′ness; Sweet′-oil, olive-oil; Sweet′-pea, a pea cultivated for its fragrance and beauty; Sweet′-potā′to, a twining plant common in tropical and sub-tropical countries, having large sweetish edible tubers.—adj. Sweet′-scent′ed, having a sweet smell.—n. Sweet′-sop, a tropical American evergreen, also its pulpy fruit.—adj. Sweet′-tem′pered, having a mild, amiable disposition.—ns. Sweet′-wa′ter, a white variety of the European grape, with very sweet juice; Sweet′-will′iam, the bunch-pink, Dianthus barbatus, a garden flower of many colours and varieties; Sweet′wood, a name applied to various trees and shrubs of the laurel family found in South America and the West Indies.—Be sweet on, or upon, to be in love with. [A.S. swéte; Ger. süsz, Gr. hēdys, L. suavis, sweet, Sans. svad, to taste.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. sweetadjective

    Cool, dope, fresh. Now what you know about a sweet MC, from the 313, none of these skills you bout to see come free -- Eminem featuring Eye-Kyu

  2. sweetadjective

    To have a sweet tooth for something means to have a craving for something. He said I drive 'em crazy, got a sweet tooth for you baby, just gonna look at 'cha lady, Lil' Kim's eye candy baby! -- Trick Daddy featuring Cee-Lo, Lil' Kim, Ludacris (Sugar (Remix)) A preson who is a pussy. "You is as sweet as a teddy bear." A person who can't do nothing, they are all talk and no game.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sweet' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3140

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sweet' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2216

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sweet' in Adjectives Frequency: #383

Anagrams for sweet »

  1. weest

  2. weets

  3. weste

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sweet in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sweet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of sweet in a Sentence

  1. Gail Vance Civille:

    It is what adds interest to food, even if it's a sweet food, because it makes the sugar and other ingredients taste better and come together better, a pinch of salt in cookies really makes a difference, and it enhances sweetness a little bit.

  2. Kathy Iandoli:

    That sort of tough girl, sweet girl mix. you have something like trap soul now, or trap RB, or even rappers who just sing over hip hop and electronic beats.

  3. Stendhal:

    I think no woman I have had ever gave me so sweet a moment, or at so light a price, as the moment I owe to a newly heard musical phrase.

  4. Jamie Cox:

    Inflation is up, but real yields are still low, this is basically the transitory sweet spot.

  5. Louis Farrakhan:

    She can be sweet, but so can you. And you know when you’re sweet and playing a game.

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Translations for sweet

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • soet, soeterig, hulpwardig, lieflikAfrikaans
  • حلوArabic
  • dadlıAzerbaijani
  • татлыBashkir
  • сало́дкі, мі́лыBelarusian
  • сла́дъкBulgarian
  • মিষ্টিBengali
  • c'hwek, fresk, disall, heson, dousBreton
  • dolç, ensucrat, dolçament, llaminaduraCatalan, Valencian
  • мерзаChechen
  • slazený, sladký, čerstvý, milý, melodický, ochotný, voňavý, příjemný, sladkostCzech
  • пылак, тутлӑChuvash
  • melysWelsh
  • sød, fersk, ren, blid, sødet, behagelig, frisk, venlig, melodisk, usaltet, sødlig, let, konfekt, bolsje, slik, sødtDanish
  • süß, zuckerhaltig, lecker, nett, herzig, wohlriechend, gezuckert, duftend, lieblich, SüßigkeitGerman
  • ŋaneŋaneEwe
  • γλυκόηχος, ανάλατος, πράος, ευωδιαστός, γλυκός, μειλίχιος, καραμέλαGreek
  • dolĉa, sukeraĵoEsperanto
  • agradable, dulce, oloroso, rico, amable, lindo, bello, melodioso, fresco, fragante, mono, hermoso, tierno, azucarado, encantador, gustoso, benigno, sabroso, dulcemente, caramelo, chucheSpanish
  • magusEstonian
  • gozo, gozoaBasque
  • شیرینPersian
  • makee, ihana, äitelä, makea, siisti, miellyttävä, imelä, suloinen, pehmeä, hyväntuoksuinen, puhdas, auttavainen, herttainen, mukava, raikas, ystävällinen, makeutettu, sokerinen, hellästi, karamelli, karkki, makeinen, namu, ihanastiFinnish
  • søturFaroese
  • mélodieux, frais, doux, sucré, génial, charmant, sympathique, sympa, gentil, doucement, bonbon, sucreries, friandiseFrench
  • caoin, milis, binn, milseánIrish
  • binn, blasda, milis, grinn, mealach, suiteas, mìlseanScottish Gaelic
  • doceGalician
  • મીઠીGujarati
  • מתוק, במתיקותHebrew
  • मीठा, मिठाईHindi
  • édes, édességHungarian
  • անուշահոտ, քաղցր, քաղցրահամ, դուրեկան, քաղցրահնչյուն, կոնֆետArmenian
  • manisIndonesian
  • dolcaIdo
  • sæturIcelandic
  • dolce, dolcificato, gentile, carino, zuccheroso, melodioso, fresco, genuino, amabile, profumato, fragrante, non salato, puro, simpatico, zuccherato, intonato, dolcemente, dolcetto, caramellaItalian
  • מתוקHebrew
  • しょっぱくない, 甘い, 新鮮, 芳しい, 甘口, 心地よい, 香しい, 素晴らしい, 都合のよい, 雑味のない, 親切, 可愛い, 快く, 糖菓Japanese
  • ტკბილი, არომატული, კამფეტიGeorgian
  • тәттіKazakh
  • ទន់ភ្លន់, ផ្អែមKhmer
  • ಸಿಹಿKannada
  • 달콤하다, 달다, 마음좋다, 삼삼하다, 알맞다, 향기롭다, 신선하다, 단Korean
  • شیرین, xwînşirîn, şirîn, şirînkirî, destxweşKurdish
  • таттууKyrgyz
  • dulcis, suāvis, dulceLatin
  • séiss, Zockerboun, KamellLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • ຫວານLao
  • saldusLithuanian
  • salds, saldumsLatvian
  • ankamamina, mamyMalagasy
  • waitīMāori
  • сладокMacedonian
  • മധുരംMalayalam
  • амттайMongolian
  • मधूर, छान, सुगंध, गोडMarathi
  • manisMalay
  • lief, schattig, zoet, vriendelijk, snoep, snoepjeDutch
  • søtlig, ren, usaltet, hjelpsom, sukkertilsatt, søt, fersk, vennlig, vakker, snillNorwegian
  • łikanNavajo, Navaho
  • tsekemera, tseketsekeChichewa, Chewa, Nyanja
  • doçOccitan
  • słodki, słodzony, melodyjny, miły, uroczy, słodko, słodycze, cukierek, SłodkiePolish
  • amável, suave, cheiroso, doce, amigável, puro, perfumado, melodioso, adocicado, fresco, adoçado, docementePortuguese
  • dultsch, doltsch, dutschRomansh
  • gusosaKirundi
  • dulceRomanian
  • сла́дкий, ми́лый, мелоди́чный, душистый, сладкозву́чный, пре́сный, ледене́ц, сласть, сла́дость, конфе́таRussian
  • bomboKinyarwanda
  • मधुरSanskrit
  • durkeSardinian
  • сладак, sladakSerbo-Croatian
  • sladkýSlovak
  • sladekSlovene
  • kutapiraShona
  • ëmbëlAlbanian
  • söt, behaglig, frisk, välljudande, sötad, färsk, väldoftande, ljuvlig, doftande, vacker, mild, härlig, osaltad, hjälpsam, intagande, melodisk, vänlig, älsklig, näpen, ljuv, ren, omtänksam, rar, älskvärd, gullig, karamell, underbart, snask, härligt, vackert, ljuvligt, godsak, godis, sötsak, sött, sSwedish
  • pipi, tamu, peremendeSwahili
  • இனிப்பானTamil
  • మిఠాయిTelugu
  • ширинTajik
  • สด, หวาน, หอมThai
  • datly, süýjiTurkmen
  • matamis, maasukal, matatamisTagalog
  • tatlı, şekerTurkish
  • татлыTatar
  • соло́дкийUkrainian
  • میٹھاUrdu
  • totli, shirinUzbek
  • tshimedzwa
  • ngọtVietnamese
  • svidikVolapük
  • partartWolof
  • זיסYiddish
  • Chinese
  • uswidiZulu

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    a game in which players throw or flip a jackknife in various ways so that the knife sticks in the ground
    • A. maculation
    • B. mumblety-peg
    • C. arbalist
    • D. swathing

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