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swelter

verb swel·ter \ ˈswel-tər \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of swelter

sweltered; sweltering play \-t(ə-)riŋ\
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
  • —William Shakespeare

Examples of swelter in a Sentence

  1. We were sweltering in the summer heat.

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Origin and Etymology of swelter

Middle English sweltren, frequentative of swelten to die, be overcome by heat, from Old English sweltan to die; akin to Goth swiltan to die


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swelter

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 in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of swelter

1851


SWELTER Defined for English Language Learners

swelter

verb

Definition of swelter for English Language Learners

  • : to be very hot and uncomfortable


SWELTER Defined for Kids

swelter

verb swel·ter \ ˈswel-tər \

Definition of swelter for Students

sweltered; sweltering
: to suffer, sweat, or be faint from heat


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