verb \ˈswelt\

Definition of swelt


  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 dialectal a :  die, perish b :  faint, swoon

  3. 2 dialectal :  to become oppressed by heat :  swelter, suffocate

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 dialectal :  to cause to die

  6. 2 dialectal :  to overpower with or as if with heat :  broil, scorch

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Origin and Etymology of swelt

Middle English swelten — more at swelter

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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