Definition of swelter in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈswɛltə/


[no object]
Be uncomfortably hot: Barney sweltered in his doorman’s uniform
More example sentences
  • On the downside it's 300 km from the sea, freezing in the winter, sweltering in the summer.
  • We were rained on hard enough to look for a second ark, we drove through three snowstorms in the mountains, we froze in a harsh Kansas wind, and we sweltered in southern Texas heat.
  • I got to the top about 15 minutes before them but then I made a big mistake and took my hat off because I was sweltering.


[in singular]
An uncomfortably hot atmosphere: the swelter of the afternoon had cooled
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  • Now most of the crew will fight for their ship in a swelter of smoke and foul air.
  • School children are sweating it out with soaring summer temperatures and record levels of humidity leaving the region in a swelter.
  • There is a level of desperation provided in the performances, and the monochrome image sells the desert swelter very well.


Middle English: from the base of dialect swelt 'perish', of Germanic origin.

Words that rhyme with swelter

belter, delta, helter-skelter, melter, pelta, Shelta, shelter, welter

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