sweetheart etymology

English word sweetheart comes from English hand, English sweet

Detailed word origin of sweetheart

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hand English (eng) (archaic) Actual performance; deed; act; workmanship; agency; hence, manner of performance.. (archaic) Agency in transmission from one person to another.. (card games) The set of cards held by a player.. (chiefly, in measuring the height of horses) Four inches, a hand's breadth.. (firearms) The small part of a gunstock near the lock, which is grasped by the hand in taking aim.. (heading) In [...]
sweet English (eng) (countable, British) A confection made from sugar, or high in sugar content; a candy.. (countable, British) A food eaten for dessert.. (obsolete) Sweetness, delight; something pleasant to the mind or senses.. (obsolete) That which is sweet or pleasant in odour; a perfume.. (uncountable) The basic taste sensation induced by sugar.. Sweetheart; darling. In a sweet manner. (informal) Very [...]
sweetheart English (eng) (US) A female member of a college or university fraternity.. A person very much liked or loved by someone, especially when both partners are young.. A person who is always very kind.