swel·​ter·​ing ˈswel-t(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce sweltering (audio)
: oppressively hot
swelteringly adverb

Examples of sweltering in a Sentence

the air conditioning was broken, and it was sweltering in the office
Recent Examples on the Web This is a highly breathable shoe that took inspiration from the support and textile wrapping of their traditional boots, and these were a top pick from our tests in Arizona’s hot climate, maintaining a cool, dry comfort even on the most sweltering days. Maggie Slepian, Travel + Leisure, 9 Feb. 2024 Roman Pizza Tour in New York: Part 3 On a sweltering August day, my family and I traded the crowded cobblestone streets of Florence for Pensione Bencistà, a cozy, historic hotel perched in the neighboring hilltop village of Fiesole. Leila Milgrim, Condé Nast Traveler, 14 July 2023 Especially in the sweltering summer months, the babbling brooks and springs were a cooling reprieve, drawing road-trippers from near and far as the only national park for hundreds of miles. Matt Kirouac, Travel + Leisure, 31 Dec. 2023 On a sweltering summer day, three troubled teenagers set out on a reckless plan to escape the confines of their small town. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 14 Dec. 2023 Plus, as a no-bake dessert, this is your friend on a sweltering summer day. Jenna Sims, Southern Living, 2 Nov. 2023 Hiking in the inner canyon between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. is strongly discouraged during more sweltering temperatures. CBS News, 25 May 2023 On a sweltering June morning, the new international terminal at the airport in Pokhara, Nepal’s second-biggest city, roared to life with the arrival of a Sichuan Airlines flight from China. Claire Fu, New York Times, 16 Oct. 2023 On Sunday, Beckham posed with the Alpine F1 team in a second look that would be equally at home in a less sweltering climate. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 9 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1566, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sweltering was in 1566

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“Sweltering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweltering. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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: very hot
swelteringly adverb

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