\ ˈswäv How to pronounce suave (audio) \
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 How to pronounce suavity (audio) \ 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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But despite frequent guffaws from the opening-night audience, the suave savoir-faire that is associated with the inimitable British playwright/actor is in short supply here. Joanne Engelhardt, The Mercury News, "Theater review: Coward’s ‘Present Laughter’ opens at Pear Theatre," 12 June 2019 Portraying Lexie’s mother, Nora, Erica Chamblee instinctively bristles at Griff (the very good Tony K. Nam), a not-so-suave game designer who witnesses her dating fiascoes in a coffee shop. Washington Post, "13 things to do in the D.C. area this week," 10 June 2019 Prince Harry looked suave in a suit for his arrival, and changed into a sporty outfit to take part in the polo. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry "Was Ready" For Fatherhood According to His Close Friend Nacho Figueras," 24 May 2019 Plaids were gladly observed in a range of scales and sizes, but worked best on elongated overcoats for a suave Massachusetts-meets-Milano effect. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "A Guide to the Most Wearable—and Unwearable—Men’s Trends for 2019," 24 Jan. 2019 So Rise of Skywalker will usher in the return of the suavest swindler in the galaxy. Adam Schubak, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know So Far About 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'," 12 Apr. 2019 Maluma’s suave dance moves and classic slow spin was reminiscent of icons like Chayanne and Ricky Martin. Jordan Diaz, Billboard, "Maluma Proves His Superstar Status at Second Sold-Out Los Angeles Stop of F.A.M.E. Tour," 12 Apr. 2018 Travis wore a suave black suit and Kylie stunned in an artsy powder pink jumpsuit with massive statement sleeves. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott Walked the 2019 Grammys Red Carpet Together Amid Engagement Rumors," 11 Feb. 2019 There’s drama in the cartel leadership, headed by a suave guy at the top (Andy Garcia). Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Clint Eastwood’s new movie The Mule is exasperatingly flat," 14 Dec. 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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English Language Learners Definition of suave

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

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