Henry sweet



[sweet] /swit/

noun
1.
Henry, 1845–1912, English philologist and linguist.
/swiːt/
adjective
1.
having or denoting a pleasant taste like that of sugar
2.
agreeable to the senses or the mind: sweet music
3.
having pleasant manners; gentle: a sweet child
4.
(of wine, etc) having a relatively high sugar content; not dry
5.
(of foods) not decaying or rancid: sweet milk
6.
not salty: sweet water
7.
free from unpleasant odours: sweet air
8.
containing no corrosive substances: sweet soil
9.
(of petrol) containing no sulphur compounds
10.
sentimental or unrealistic
11.
individual; particular: the electorate went its own sweet way
12.
(jazz) performed with a regular beat, with the emphasis on clearly outlined melody and little improvisation
13.
(Austral, slang) satisfactory or in order; all right
14.
(archaic) respected; dear (used in polite forms of address): sweet sir
15.
smooth and precise; perfectly executed: a sweet shot
16.
sweet on, fond of or infatuated with
17.
keep someone sweet, to ingratiate oneself in order to ensure cooperation
adverb
18.
(informal) in a sweet manner
noun
19.
a sweet taste or smell; sweetness in general
20.
(often pl) (Brit) any of numerous kinds of confectionery consisting wholly or partly of sugar, esp of sugar boiled and crystallized (boiled sweets)
21.
(Brit) a pudding, fruit, or any sweet dish served as a dessert
22.
dear; sweetheart (used as a form of address)
23.
anything that is sweet
24.
(often pl) a pleasurable experience, state, etc: the sweets of success
25.
(US) See sweet potato
noun
1.
Henry. 1845–1912, English philologist; a pioneer of modern phonetics. His books include A History of English Sounds (1874)
adjective

great; excellent
Examples

We’re going out to dinner? Sweet!
Word Origin

1958
Usage Note

informal
adj.

Old English swete “pleasing to the senses, mind or feelings,” from Proto-Germanic *swotijaz (cf. Old Saxon swoti, Swedish söt, Danish sød, Middle Dutch soete, Dutch zoet, Old High German swuozi, German süß), from PIE root *swad- “sweet, pleasant” (Sanskrit svadus “sweet;” Greek hedys “sweet, pleasant, agreeable,” hedone “pleasure;” Latin suavis “sweet,” suadere “to advise,” properly “to make something pleasant to”).

To be sweet on someone is first recorded 1690s. Sweet-talk (v.) dates from 1935; earliest uses seem to refer to conversation between black and white in segregated U.S. Sweet sixteen first recorded 1767. Sweet dreams as a parting to one going to sleep is attested from 1898, short for sweet dreams to you, etc. Sweet and sour in cooking is from 1723 and not originally of oriental food.
n.

c.1300, “something sweet to the taste,” also “beloved one,” from sweet (adj.); the meaning “candy drop” is 1851 (earlier sweetie, 1721).

modifier

: a bunch of mealy-mouthed wimps who’d break bread with Adolf fucking Hitler if it meant some kind of rating during sweeps week

noun

Audience ratings and their announcement: She plans to stay through the May ratings ”sweeps” (1980s+ Television)

[perhaps fr sweepstakes]

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