\ˈswēt-ˌtȯk \
sweet-talked; sweet-talking; sweet-talks

Definition of sweet-talk 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to use flattery

sweet talk


Definition of sweet talk (Entry 2 of 2)

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enough of this sweet talk—just give me your honest opinion of my performance

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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 Our nurturing aspect helps to basically sweet talk [offenders] into the back of our cars and into handcuffs. Caitlin Doornbos, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Local female public safety leaders want more women in police, fire jobs," 26 Oct. 2017 Before the real fight begins, my group and I sweet talk our way to the media and VIP entrance. Christine Flammia, Esquire, "My No-F*cks-Given Review of the Mayweather-McGregor Fight," 27 Aug. 2017

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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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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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to reject or criticize sharply

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