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From Old Swedish söter, from Old Norse sœtr, from Proto-Germanic *swōtuz, from Proto-Indo-European *sweh₂dus. Compare English sweet, German süß.


  • IPA(key): /søːt/
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  • Rhymes: -øːt


söt (comparative sötare, superlative sötast)

  1. sweet (of the taste of sugar)
    Jag tror jag hade i lite för mycket socker. Den blev extremt söt.
    I think I added a bit too much sugar. It turned out extremely sweet.
    sötsur sås
    sweet-and-sour sauce
  2. cute (in appearance)
    Jag är kär i henne. Hon är så söt.
    I am in love with her. She is so cute.
    en söt ankunge
    a cute duckling
    en söt bebis
    a cute baby
    söta små blommor
    cute little flowers
    ett sött leende
    a cute smile
  3. cute, sweet (of behavior or an act or the like)
    Synonym: gullig
  4. (of water) fresh (not salty)
    Antonym: salt
    fresh water

Usage notes[edit]

Compare and see the usage notes for gullig, which means cute in a sweet way, like a child or an animal.


Inflection of söt
Indefinite Positive Comparative Superlative2
Common singular söt sötare sötast
Neuter singular sött sötare sötast
Plural söta sötare sötast
Masculine plural3 söte sötare sötast
Definite Positive Comparative Superlative
Masculine singular1 söte sötare sötaste
All söta sötare sötaste
1) Only used, optionally, to refer to things whose natural gender is masculine.
2) The indefinite superlative forms are only used in the predicative.
3) Dated or archaic

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