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adjective \ˈswäv\

: behaving in a relaxed, confident, and pleasant way in social situations


Full Definition of SUAVE

:  smoothly though often superficially gracious and sophisticated
:  smooth in texture, performance, or style
suave·ly adverb
suave·ness noun
sua·vi·ty \ˈswä-və-tē\ noun

Examples of SUAVE

  1. a suave and sophisticated businessman
  2. <the suave gentleman was a great favorite of the elegant ladies who attended parties at the embassy>
  3. I am pleased, also, to think I pulled it off. I didn't do anything too stupid or gauche, and even though it was my first time at a spa, I managed to bluff my way through in a suitably suave, urbane fashion without any embarrassing social gaffes. —Will Ferguson, Beauty Tips From Moose Jaw, 2004

Origin of SUAVE

French, from Middle French, pleasant, sweet, from Latin suavis — more at sweet
First Known Use: 1831

Synonym Discussion of SUAVE

suave, urbane, diplomatic, bland, smooth, politic mean pleasantly tactful and well-mannered. suave suggests a specific ability to deal with others easily and without friction <a suave public relations coordinator>. urbane implies high cultivation and poise coming from wide social experience <an urbane traveler>. diplomatic stresses an ability to deal with ticklish situations tactfully <a diplomatic negotiator>. bland emphasizes mildness of manner and absence of irritating qualities <a bland master of ceremonies>. smooth suggests often a deliberately assumed suavity <a smooth salesman>. politic implies shrewd as well as tactful and suave handling of people <a cunningly politic manager>.

Rhymes with SUAVE


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