\ 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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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Maybe the suave British voice of James Dyson narrating their commercials? Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "The best Dyson vacuum we've ever tested is finally on sale," 30 July 2019 Despite their two different styles, Sheeran's vocals and Khalid suave youthfulness blends perfectly together in a top track on Sheeran's new album, No.6 Collaborations Project. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "The Best Pop Songs of 2019 (So Far)," 5 Aug. 2019 Jazz point guard Mike Conley mixes and matches athleisure, old-school pieces and simple basics to create a suave street style look that always highlights his svelte physique. Jamie Lisanti,, "Fashionable 50," 18 July 2019 The songs of Boulevards are suave and funny, with falsetto squeals, jolts of synth accents, and percussive heavy-breathing keeping things hot and heavy., "Boulevards bringing sexy good-time funk to Cafe Nine," 12 July 2019 Fausto opened quite recently in the Contemporary Art Center, starting with lunch, which feels very suave and big-city Dinner will be added July 22. Polly Campbell,, "Cincinnati restaurant openings and closings of 2019," 11 July 2019 Obviously, his brothers, Nick, Kevin, and Frankie Jonas were in the wedding party: And a closer look at Jonas's balcony moment shows just how suave Joe looked at his second wedding to Sophie Turner. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Joe Jonas Had a Regal AF Balcony Moment at His Wedding to Sophie Turner," 30 June 2019 Olivier Giroud's suave slick-back has led to the Frenchman being labelled as 'the sexiest man in football'., "50 Most Unforgettable Haircuts in World Football," 10 July 2019 To Have and to Hold (Lifetime at 8) In this movie, Alice has to make hard decisions after her suave husband shows that his charms are only skin deep. Sarah Polus, Washington Post, "Weekend TV listings: ‘Vida’ season finale and more," 22 June 2019

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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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