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swelter

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verb swel·ter \ˈswel-tər\

Simple Definition of swelter

  • : to be very hot and uncomfortable

Full Definition of swelter

swel·teredswel·ter·ing play \-t(ə-)riŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to suffer, sweat, or be faint from heat

  3. 2 :  to become exceedingly hot <in summer, the place swelters>

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to oppress with heat

  6. 2 archaic :  exude <sweltered venom — Shakespeare>

Examples of swelter

  1. We were sweltering in the summer heat.



Origin of swelter

Middle English sweltren, frequentative of swelten to die, be overcome by heat, from Old English sweltan to die; akin to Gothic swiltan to die


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with swelter


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swelter

noun swel·ter

Definition of swelter

  1. 1 :  a state of oppressive heat

  2. 2 :  welter

  3. 3 :  an excited or overwrought state of mind :  sweat <in a swelter>



Examples of swelter

  1. <the set designer spent the entire week before opening night in a swelter>



1851

First Known Use of swelter

1851



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