\ ˈswēt-ˌtȯk How to pronounce sweet-talk (audio) \
sweet-talked; sweet-talking; sweet-talks

Definition of sweet-talk

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intransitive verb

: to use flattery

sweet talk


Definition of sweet talk (Entry 2 of 2)

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Examples of sweet-talk in a Sentence

Noun enough of this sweet talk—just give me your honest opinion of my performance
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the crust also has a teasing quality, as if its flavors and textures sweet talk you for a couple of tantalizing seconds, then disappear forever. Washington Post, "These are the D.C. area’s 10 best pizzas," 28 Jan. 2020 Virginia tried to sweet talk West Virginia into getting back together, but West Virginia held strong. Longreads, "In Pocahontas County, Deep Divisions and a Gruesome Discovery," 22 Jan. 2020 For all the sweet talk with EU officials, the U.S. administration and Sondland are happy to rip deep into the EU when necessary. Washington Post, "Sondland’s style created tension in EU before impeachment," 19 Nov. 2019 Mexican side Chivas are looking to sweet talk their way into signing West Ham striker Javier Hernández, with their manager and president talking up the move. SI.com, "Transfer Rumours: Napoli Eye Llorente, Ghezzal to Leave Leicester, Juve Make Demiral Decision & More," 29 Aug. 2019 President Trump isn't known for his sweet talk -- but his sweet toss is now world-famous. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Trump reportedly tossed Starburst at Merkel during G-7 summit: 'Don't say I never give you anything'," 22 June 2018 UConn needs help and has issues that sweet talking can’t solve. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: UConn Road Show One Piece In Complicated And Challenging Financial Puzzle," 7 June 2018 Normandy’s sweet talk follows similar moves by Paris and other European capitals to lure banking giants based in London’s financial district. Elena Berton, USA TODAY, "Normandy wants to lure 'hot entrepreneurs' worried about Brexit," 24 Apr. 2018 What confuses matters is all this sweet talk, followed by the vanishing act. Gabrielle Ulubay, New York Times, "For Best Hookup Results, Use Your Words, O.K.?," 12 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of sweet-talk


1928, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


1901, in the meaning defined above

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“Sweet-talk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweet-talk. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sweet-talk

: to say nice things to (someone) in order to persuade that person to do something

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