adjective \ ˈswäv \
|Updated on: 2 Jul 2018

Definition of suave

suaver; suavest
1 : smoothly though often superficially gracious and sophisticated
2 : smooth in texture, performance, or style






play \ˈswä-və-tē\ noun

Examples of suave in a Sentence

  1. 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 FergusonBeauty Tips From Moose Jaw2004
  2. When she had been Miss Tampa, a suave major leaguer had courted her till she found out he was married, with children. —Frank DefordSports Illustrated19 Mar. 2001
  3. 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 PermanTime25 Oct. 1999
  4. a suave and sophisticated businessman

  5. the suave gentleman was a great favorite of the elegant ladies who attended parties at the embassy

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Origin and Etymology of suave

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

Synonym Discussion of 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

SUAVE Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of suave for English Language Learners

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

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