swel·​ter·​ing | \ˈswel-t(ə-)riŋ \

Definition of sweltering 

: oppressively hot

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Other Words from sweltering

swelteringly adverb

Examples of sweltering in a Sentence

the air conditioning was broken, and it was sweltering in the office

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The perils of boob sweat are very real, and there's nothing like a traditional foam T-shirt bra to make your bosom go from sweet to sweltering. Cora Harrington, Allure, "Ask a Lingerie Expert: What Is the Best Bra for Staying Cool on Hot, Sweaty Days?," 4 Sep. 2018 Either way, sweaty Justin was for sure jealous of uninhibited Pete who removed his shirt in the sweltering NYC heat. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Justin Bieber, Hailey Baldwin and Ariana Grande's Fiancé, Pete Davidson, Hung Out and Things Got Weird," 7 Sep. 2018 Johnson had an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole to cap a comeback, finishing with a 2-under 71 in the sweltering heat at Chicago Golf Club. BostonGlobe.com, "Robert Rock takes two-shot lead at Scottish Open," 14 July 2018 In Windsor, the sweltering heat did not discourage a good number of protesters from turning out, and soon enough High Street filled up. Ceylan Yeginsu, New York Times, "London’s ‘Trump Baby’ Balloon Flies as Protests Take Off Across U.K.," 13 July 2018 After unseasonably cool temperatures ruled May and June, this month has brought the sweltering heat Treasure Valley summers are known for. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "How to beat the heat on your fishing trips in Idaho’s summer sun," 12 July 2018 An undocumented immigrant died in sweltering heat Friday in the desert near Calexico after he was abandoned by smugglers who brought him and his cousin into the country, Border Patrol officials said Monday. Alex Riggins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Abandoned by smugglers, undocumented immigrant dies in Calexico heat," 9 July 2018 In the sweltering North Carolina summer heat, Toribio Alberto dons a wide-brimmed hat and pushes an ice cream cart around apartment complexes off Nations Ford Road. Julianna Rennie, charlotteobserver, "'I don't know what I'm going to do': Elderly Charlotte ice cream man robbed at gunpoint," 6 July 2018 But the potential difficulties of making the program larger were evident in a day of interviews at the sweltering United Nations center in Niamey. Adam Nossiter, New York Times, "At French Outpost in African Migrant Hub, Asylum for a Select Few," 25 Feb. 2018

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1566, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sweltering

: very hot


swel·​ter·​ing | \ˈswel-tər-iŋ\

Kids Definition of sweltering

: oppressively hot

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