swelter

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From Middle English swelteren, frequentative form of Middle English swelten (to die; faint), from Old English sweltan (to die), from Proto-Germanic *sweltaną (to die), from Proto-Indo-European *swel- (to smolder; burn), equivalent to swelt +‎ -er (frequentative suffix). More at swelt.

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swelter (third-person singular simple present swelters, present participle sweltering, simple past and past participle sweltered)

  1. (intransitive) To suffer terribly from intense heat.
  2. (intransitive) To perspire greatly from heat.
  3. (transitive) To cause to faint, to overpower, as with heat.
    • 1796, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Fire, Famine, and Slaughter
      It was so rare a piece of fun
      To see the swelter'd cattle run

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swelter (plural swelters)

  1. Intense heat.
    The summer swelter did not relent until late in September, most years.

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