swelter


1swel·ter

verb \ˈswel-tər\

: to be very hot and uncomfortable

swel·teredswel·ter·ing \-t(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of SWELTER

intransitive verb
1
:  to suffer, sweat, or be faint from heat
2
:  to become exceedingly hot <in summer, the place swelters>
transitive verb
1
:  to oppress with heat
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

2swelter

noun

Definition of SWELTER

1
:  a state of oppressive heat
2
:  welter
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>

First Known Use of SWELTER

1851

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