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swelter

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verb swel·ter \ˈswel-tər\

Simple Definition of swelter

  • : to be very hot and uncomfortable

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of swelter

swelteredsweltering 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 in a sentence

  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 in a sentence

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



1851

First Known Use of swelter

1851


SWELTER Defined for Kids

swelter

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verb swel·ter \ˈswel-tər\

Definition of swelter for Students

swelteredsweltering

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





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