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adjective, \ˈswäv\

Simple Definition of suave

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of suave


  1. 1 :  smoothly though often superficially gracious and sophisticated

  2. 2 :  smooth in texture, performance, or style

suavely adverb
suaveness noun
suavity play \ˈswä-və-tē\ noun

Examples of suave in a sentence

  1. 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

  2. When she had been Miss Tampa, a suave major leaguer had courted her till she found out he was married, with children. —Frank Deford, Sports Illustrated, 19 Mar. 2001

  3. Bobby gets a lot of tough love at home. As suave and polite as he seems to outsiders, he has “two personalities,” says his stepmother Wille. “He's a con artist.” His parents kicked him out of the house in August, trying to scare him after he came home drunk at 5 a. m. —Stacy Perman, Time, 25 Oct. 1999

  4. a suave and sophisticated businessman

  5. <the suave gentleman was a great favorite of the elegant ladies who attended parties at the embassy>

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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to dishevel or rumple

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