1. an attractive young woman.
|Hoosier Mosaics 32: ‘Jimminy, but ain’t she a little sweety!’ exclaimed the latter, pinching Bill’s arm as they passed, and glancing lovingly at Minny.|
|Wash. Times (DC) 6 July 5/4: ‘Hello, Susie!’ called one [...] ‘Oh, there’s our sweetie in pink’.|
|New York Day by Day 14 Sept. [synd. col.] The ‘sweeties’ are enjoying their freedom and have nice pudgy bank accounts.|
|Born to Be (1975) 77: Every niggah in St. Paul had a sweetie of some kind; sweetbacks had chains of them.|
|Picture Post 13 Nov. 27: Candy Queen Doreen, accompanied by the other two ‘sweeties’, will have a wonderful time this winter socially.|
|Erections, Ejaculations etc. 70: You’re SUCH a sweetie.|
|College Sl. Research Project (Cal. State Poly. Uni., Pomona) [Internet] Sweetie [...] 2. An extremely good looking guy or girl.|
2. a beloved child.
|Fact’ry ’Ands 190: Wicked gentleman steal mummy’s ickle sweetie away.|
|‘Little Curtis’ in Parker (1943) 108: She pinched Curtis’s cheek. ‘You sweetie, you!’.|
|(con. 1960s) Wanderers 139: ‘It was Ray.’ ‘How’s my sweetie.’.|
3. (orig. US) a boy- or girlfriend.
|‘Jazzola’ [lyrics] Just take your sweetie sweet / Out for a jazzy treat, / And she’ll love you like she never did before.|
|‘Let’s talk About My Sweetie’ [lyrics] You talk about your sweetie, / Stop talkin’ ’bout your sweetie, / Let’s talk about my sweetie now!|
|Flirt & Flapper 26: Flapper: Dough’s what [...] we have to give to the boys sometimes — at least the Grandmas do, if they want a sweetie.|
|Bessie Cotter 18: You can tell that sweetie of yours not to come around during business hours.|
|Dan Turner - Hollywood Detective Jan. [Internet] Lola, your wife, has told me all about your quarrel with your sweetie.‘Cooked!’|
|Horse’s Mouth (1948) 56: Gazing down at his sweetie.|
|Sensualists (1961) 22: Sovey was trying to get her back as his sweetie.|
|Mama Black Widow 181: I’ll bet your little sweetie thinks so too.|
|Airtight Willie and Me 151: Be my sweetie true and make me feel good.|
|Constitutionally Speaking (S. Afr.) 26 Oct. [Internet] My sweetie says only those who indigenously understand Afrikaans can really understand its meaning.|
4. a term of address, not necessarily implying intimacy.
|Society Snapshots 76: Lady Bobo.Where’s my luck gone to, I should like to know? Lady Baba. Where indeed, poor sweetie . . . It is rather diskie for you? . . . Never mind .|
|Rose of Spadgers 23: Like some poor, love-sick softy ’oo gets switched / Fer tellin’ ‘sweetie’ ’e don’t like ’er ’at.‘The Faltering Knight’ in|
|Penguin Dorothy Parker (1982) 199: Nobody wants to hear other people’s troubles, sweetie.‘Big Blonde’ in|
|Coll. Stories (1965) 158: You get your money’s worth sweetie, Ted said.‘That Summer’ in|
|Long Good-Bye 103: You got told wrong, sweetie. The bank owns the place.|
|Poor Cow 69: Drop your straps sweetie. That’s it, bless you.|
|Mama Black Widow 82: Throw ’em away, sweety.|
|Pimp 148: Oh, Chuck, how are you, sweetie?|
|(con. 1950s) Whoreson 114: The term ‘sweetie’ was mostly reserved for tricks ... as long as they spent cash money.|
|Decadence in Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 7: Sweety you do look nice.|
|Powder 22: Anything you want, sweetie.|
|Nature Girl 211: Sweetie, I’d need a miracle.|
5. used ironically to mean an unpleasant person, e.g. He’s a real sweetie; also as adj., unpleasant.
|Edwardsville Intelligencer (IL) 14 Sept. 4/4: The Flappers’ Dictionary [...] Sweetie: Anybody a flapper hates.|
|Fill the Stage With Happy Hours (1967) Act IV: Molly – thank you very much. You really are a sweetie.|
|Indep. Rev. 25 Feb. 1: They were not cool, not sweetie.|
6. a pleasant person.
|‘Bird in the Hand’ in Goulart (1967) 266: I ain’t going to be a sweetie, and I ain’t goin’ to reform.|
|Diaries 1 Nov. 81: I don’t like this man produces, David Godfrey. Everyone says he’s a ‘sweetie’ etc. and I always distrust this kind of thing.|
|When the Green Woods Laugh (1985) 257: Oh! you’re a sweetie.|
|Rooted I iii: Isn’t she a sweetie? A real darling.|
|(con. 1940s) Danger Tree 110: A little sweetie of a nurse.|
|London Fields 304: ‘You have to realize,’ I said, ‘that I was a tremendous sweetie before all this started.’.|
|Indep. Rev. 19 June 20: Despite his bear-like manner, Sir Robin was a sweetie.|
7. an effeminate homosexual.
|CUSS 207: Sweetie An effeminate male.et al.|
a general term of affection; a girlfriend.
|Sin of M. Pettipon 74: [to a dog] ‘Don’t you mind the nassy man, sweetie-pie,’ she cooed.|
|Sam in Suburbs 137: We’ll have to let Chimp in on it after all, sweetie-pie.|
|Money for Nothing 76: ‘Hello, sweetie-pie,’ said Miss Molloy.|
|On Broadway 31 Jan. [synd. col.] Helen Winthrope Weyant (the actress who inherited all that Colonel Rupert coin) wasn’t his sweetiepie.|
|Phenomena in Crime 138: He called them by endearing names. Sweetie-Pie and Ducksy-Wucksy were his favourites.|
|(con. 1920s) Hoods (1953) 109: Whitey [...] has always been my sweetie pie.|
|Tell Them Nothing (1956) 78: She’s a sweet-pie, the kind I like.‘Cool Cat’ in|
|Bang To Rights 11: How yer going sweety pie?|
|Jeeves in the Offing 23: Reggie Herring? He’s a sweetie-pie, isn’t he?|
|S. Afr. People’s Plays (1981) 165: Don’t call me a drunkard, my skat, sweetypie.Survival in Kavanagh|
|Skin Tight 292: His lover, his baby doll, his sweetie pie, his sugar bunny, his punkin.|
|Whores for Gloria 76: Can you believe that, twinklepie? [Ibid.] 109: Well, sweetycakes, what kind of dreams exactly do you have?|
|Indep. on Sun. Rev. 6 Feb. 24: Nice bosoms, sweetie-pops.|
|Observer Screen 13 Feb. 22: Ronnie, he is saying, was a deranged psycho, whereas his twin brother was a sweetie-pie.|