Updated March 7, 2021
“Thank you, sweetheart.”
“Those wheels are sweet!”
These two phrases are probably not found in your English textbook. But by the end of this post, you’ll be able to understand the meaning of these two sentences, and other sweet phrases.
Goals of this Post
- To improve your English vocabulary using words and phrases that contain the word “sweet.”
Sweet Phrases: 6 English Vocabulary Phrases That Contain the Word “Sweet”
1: The Meaning of “Sweet”
Let’s start with the meaning of sweet.
There are many meanings of sweet, but it generally is an adjective that means pleasant and sugary-tasting.
“The candy is sweet.”
One common slang term of “sweet” means awesome, excellent, nice, cool, good, great, etc.
“Those wheels are sweet!”
The sentence above would mean “That car is great, or awesome, or nice, etc.”
Note: “Wheels” is a slang term for car.
Another meaning of sweet is to describe a person who is very nice, kind, pleasant, thoughtful, etc.
“He gave me such a thoughtful gift. Isn’t he so sweet?”
2: The Meaning of “Sweetheart”
Since you know that “sweet” has a positive connotation or meaning, “sweetheart” also has a positive meaning.
We call someone a sweetheart if we really care about them or love them. A sweetheart is a pleasant and kind person.
We call both men and woman sweethearts.
If John gives Megan flowers, Megan might say something like this:
“Thanks for the flowers, John. You’re such a sweetheart!”
3: The Meaning of “Sweet Tooth”
A “sweet tooth” is an idiom phrase that means to crave something that is sweet, like sugar, candy, cake, ice cream, etc.
We usually use to verb “have” with sweet tooth.
“My brother has a sweet tooth, he loves eating ice cream almost every day.”
“I don’t really have a sweet tooth, I don’t really like sugar too much.”
Personally, I definitely have a sweet tooth, I love all kinds of sweet foods and desserts.
Do you have a sweet tooth?
4: The Meaning of “Sweetie”
“Sweetie” has a very similar meaning to sweetheart. It is not used or spoken as commonly as sweetheart, however.
Whenever I hear the word “sweetie” I imagine an older lady, like a grandmother, saying it, because it’s not too common of a phrase anymore and used to be said in the past, but it’s definitely good to know. 😉
“Hi sweetie, good to see you again. Did you have fun at the concert?”
“Excuse me, sweetie, can you do me a favor?”
5: The Meaning of “Sweet Jesus”
This is also a slang phrase that is used sometimes.
It’s just an expression we use when we get shocked or surprised. It can be used in both negative and positive situations, so in other words it can have a positive or negative connotation.
“Sweet Jesus! I just won the lottery.”
“Oh Sweet Jesus! Did you just see that car accident?!”
So we say “Sweet Jesus” in situations that are shocking, surprising, awesome, amazing, scary, etc.
6: The Meaning of “Sweet Spot”
Think about baseball for a second. Now imagine a home run, or a perfect hit. During this perfect hit, the ball hits the sweet spot (perfect spot) of the bat.
The “sweet spot” then, is the center part of the bat which is the most effective place to hit the ball.
Note: Sweet spot is not just used for baseball or sports, it’s used in different situations, but has a similar meaning.
“The tennis ball hit the sweet spot of the racket and went over the net for a point.”
“He is at the sweet spot of his career; he is using all his talents and is very happy with his job.”
Some of these variations of “sweet” are slang words, and some are not, but all are useful and important to learn.
These words will help you in listening as well as in conversation. It’s always important to learn new vocabulary. Today you learned phrases with “sweet”, and today’s vocabulary was pretty sweet, wasn’t it? 😉
Try to make an example sentence using any one of the words containing “sweet” in the comments below, and I will correct them. Don’t be shy, I know it’s difficult to write in English, but practicing is the best way to learn.