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suave Syllabification: suave

Definition of suave in English:

adjective (suaver, suavest)

(Especially of a man) charming, confident, and elegant: all the waiters were suave and deferential
More example sentences
  • While McConnell is just as sharp, balanced, and articulate as Roberts, he is less suave and more direct.
  • Needless to say he was suave, had great finesse, and a quiet sense of style.
  • He is so suave he won't run for fear of getting a strand of hair out of place.
charming, sophisticated, debonair, urbane, polished, refined, poised, self-possessed, dignified, civilized, gentlemanly, gallant;
smooth, polite, well mannered, civil, courteous, affable, tactful, diplomatic


Late Middle English (in the sense 'gracious, agreeable'): from Old French, or from Latin suavis 'agreeable'. The current sense dates from the mid 19th century.

  • The early sense of this was ‘gracious, agreeable’. It is from Latin suavis ‘agreeable’. The current sense dates from the mid 19th century.



Pronunciation: /ˈswävlē/
Example sentences
  • The smokiness of sautéed artichokes suavely romances the seared salmon with roasted tomatoes.
  • Rimbaud rolls down the window and suavely says, ‘You're the woman of my dreams.’
  • Why would anyone want to stay in a hotel room, however suavely appointed, when there's a city out there that begs to be experienced with open eyes, mouth and pockets?


Pronunciation: /ˈswävnəs/
Example sentences
  • Yet the ex-slave's voice, with its lack of contractions, lucid philosophical tone, and fluidly repetitive cadences, suggests self-assurance, rationality, even suaveness.
  • I'll amaze her with my charm and suaveness in the pool and she'll have no choice but to fall madly in love with me.
  • His pride, suaveness, sarcasm and playfulness would all dissipate, leaving him completely exposed and vulnerable.

Words that rhyme with suave

Algarve, calve, carve, grave, Graves, halve, Slav, starve, Zouave

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