suave

adjective
\ˈswäv \
suaver; suavest

Definition of suave 

1 : smoothly though often superficially gracious and sophisticated

2 : smooth in texture, performance, or style

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Other Words from suave

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

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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

Examples of suave in a Sentence

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 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 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 a suave and sophisticated businessman the suave gentleman was a great favorite of the elegant ladies who attended parties at the embassy
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Keeping with the Brazilian’s style of play on the pitch, Neymar’s typical off-duty style is suave, slick and full of flair. Jamie Lisanti, SI.com, "Fashionable 50," 10 July 2018 Created by British author and journalist Ian Fleming in the early 1950s, the always-suave character with a license to kill has been at the center of 26 films, with the 27th, directed by Danny Boyle, planned for 2019. Charles Stockdale And John Harrington, USA TODAY, "Every James Bond film ranked from worst to best," 18 June 2018 This Alpine peak is a significant spot in the Bond canon; scenes from 2015’s Spectre, which features Daniel Craig as the ever-so-suave M16 agent, were shot in a restaurant located next door to the new building. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Mountaintop Museum Highlights the History of Bond—James Bond," 19 June 2018 This 1943 suspense thriller from Alfred Hitchcock, set in Santa Rosa, about a suave serial killer (Joseph Cotten), was one of its director’s favorites. Chronicle Staff Reports, San Francisco Chronicle, "Things to do in the Bay Area on Friday, May 11," 9 May 2018 Well over 6 feet tall, Reynolds has a calm and suave British accent. Dana Oland, idahostatesman, "Boise State presidential candidates visit the campus. On April 24 it was Robbyn Wacker. | Idaho Statesman," 25 Apr. 2018 The Jets need a player who can be suave, sophisticated and ready for Broadway, and this quarterback is as ready as any since Namath. 4. Peter King, SI.com, "Monday Morning Mock Draft: Darts, Deals & Wild Guesses," 23 Apr. 2018 Big Technicolor gestures registered with a punch, the strings conjured up a warm, suave texture, and there were piercingly eloquent solo turns by (among others) oboist Eugene Izotov and trumpeter Mark Inouye. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "S.F. Symphony follows Strauss over a mountain," 13 Apr. 2018 The bar, with its suave whiskey mezzanine, is richly atmospheric, too. baltimoresun.com, "Best of Baltimore 2018: Dining & nightlife," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of suave

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for suave

French, from Middle French, pleasant, sweet, from Latin suavis — more at sweet

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suave

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of suave

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

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