\ 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 suave (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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Recent Examples on the Web At the end of the film, Long throws Sam a surprise quinceañera and wows the guests with his shockingly suave Latin dance moves. Carlos Greaves, The New Yorker, 27 Feb. 2021 Well, not that old and still quite suave and dashing. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2020 Meanwhile, Shiloh looked suave in a zip-up jacket with faded gold and silver stripes running horizontally, and paired the jacket with classic trousers. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 Oct. 2019 In one clip, Stamos channeled suave Uncle Jesse to fix his hair. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 9 Apr. 2020 Thomas Rhett is known for his singalong-worthy songs, dynamic live performances, and, of course, for his suave appearance and good looks. Natalie Schumann, Country Living, 5 Apr. 2020 The young, suave Pin-Jui (played by Hong-Chi Lee) romances his childhood sweetheart, grooves to Otis Redding, and dreams of traveling to the States. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 14 Apr. 2020 It was saturated with yearning yet fantastically suave, heedlessly skidding from ecstasy through agony and back, like a NASCAR racer who’d severed his own brakes. Reggie Ugwu, New York Times, 12 Mar. 2020 Kudos to Craig and Bennett for going for it here, especially the typically suave British actor best known for playing James Bond. Ben Flanagan |, al, 9 Mar. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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