\ 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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Kids need to be outdoors more, Roberts said, getting sweaty and messy and not pressing buttons. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Work is child’s play as Napa volunteer, 92, keeps building swings and slides," 30 Aug. 2019 The sweaty palms, the nervous laughter, the sleepless nights? oregonlive.com, "How to combat high drama in high school fall sports tryouts," 27 Aug. 2019 Reporter Hannah Drown broadcasted live video Wednesday of the rare, giant and stinky plant, described by the zoo as smelling like a combination of sweaty sneakers, hot cheese and a dead mouse. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, "Cleveland firefighters demand chief’s ouster over campaigning for mayor: The Wake Up for Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019," 8 Aug. 2019 That might not sound tasty, but the sour treat may hit the spot on a hot, sweaty day at the fair. Jackie Borchardt, Cincinnati.com, "Pickle juice popsicles and Skyline Chili tater tots are a thing at the Ohio State Fair," 25 July 2019 Walking around Washington these days is like swimming through amniotic fluid — and not your mother’s clean, refreshing amniotic fluid, but some foul, communal, sweaty, exhaust-laden brew. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Can’t stand the heat? Too bad. Summer in Washington is stupid hot these days.," 21 July 2019 The park lures capacity crowds on weekends and holidays, jamming Wekiwa Springs Road with carloads of sweaty visitors and forcing the park’s closure. Stephen Hudak, orlandosentinel.com, "Traffic jams at Wekiwa Springs to get $1M fix — but not till winter," 3 July 2019 Budget hotels, Denny’s, and IHOPs overflow with rugged out-of-towners, sweaty and dirty from working with bees 24/7. Lucas Foglia, National Geographic, "Beekeepers hit hard by thefts of hives," 3 May 2019 These huts smell of disgusting alcoholic drinks, wurst and sweaty winter coats. Nina Sovich, WSJ, "Europe in Winter: 35 Reasons to Visit Off-Season," 21 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of sweaty

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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