\ ˈswe-tē How to pronounce sweaty (audio) \
sweatier; sweatiest

Definition of sweaty

1 : causing sweat a sweaty day sweaty work
2 : wet or stained with or smelling of sweat sweaty socks

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Other Words from sweaty

sweatily \ ˈswe-​tə-​lē How to pronounce sweatily (audio) \ adverb
sweatiness \ ˈswe-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce sweatiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of sweaty in a Sentence

a hot and sweaty afternoon We were hot and sweaty after playing basketball. My clothes are all sweaty from my workout.
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Recent Examples on the Web Unlike a heat-trapping hat, parasols won’t leave you with a sweaty mess of hair—and... Laura Neilson, WSJ, "Want to Social Distance in Style? Try a Parasol," 23 June 2020 Obé – pronounced 'obey' – has that sweet, sweaty irreverence of the coolest new (somewhat sadistic – in a good way) fitness clubs around. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "Don't have a Peloton budget? No sweat. You can still get a workout without hitting the gym," 8 June 2020 There are no sweaty selfies from 5 a.m. gym sessions, but The New York Times started a home workout challenge for employees. Shira Ovide, New York Times, "FOMO Has Survived the Coronavirus," 16 Apr. 2020 While summer has never been my season (too sweaty!), summer food has always been some of my favorite. Christina Chaey, Bon Appétit, "The Chicken Salad I’m Eating on My Porch All Summer," 23 May 2020 There are many different surfaces that gym-goers touch (often with sweaty hands). Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "Is It Safe to Stay in a Hotel During COVID-19? What You Need to Know Before You Plan a Vacation," 22 May 2020 What's the difference between having sweaty hands and feet versus hyperhidrosis? Rachel Grumman Bender, SELF, "When Sweaty Hands and Feet Are Actually Hyperhidrosis," 24 Feb. 2020 The office looked like a DMV, with linoleum floors and snaking lines of people clutching forms in their sweaty hands. Summer Block, Longreads, "Better Late," 23 Aug. 2019 And inside the gloves, your hands get hot and sweaty, which is a really good environment for microbes to grow. Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg.com, "How to Avoid Coronavirus on Flights: Forget Masks, Says Top Airline Doctor," 5 May 2020

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First Known Use of sweaty

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Jun 2020

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“Sweaty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweaty. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce sweaty (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sweaty

: causing you to sweat
: wet with sweat


\ ˈswe-tē How to pronounce sweaty (audio) \
sweatier; sweatiest

Kids Definition of sweaty

: wet with, stained by, or smelling of sweat

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