\ 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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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 Burning goes in entirely unexpected directions, and its cast features The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun, giving a creepily suave performance as a man of the world who may also be very dangerous. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The 21 best movies of 2018," 14 Dec. 2018 Stuffed with talented, beautiful women playing naughty, this is the latest addition to the cycle that was once about an improbably suave thief, Danny Ocean (George Clooney), and his mostly male band of charming accomplices. Gary Ross, New York Times, "Review: ‘Ocean’s 8’ Women Walk Away With a Male Franchise. Sort Of.," 5 June 2018 Is there anything more suave than pressing a button to open the doors of a secret room off your library? Leigh Kamping-carder, WSJ, "Intoxicating Hidden Bars for the Home," 24 May 2018 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,, "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

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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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