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sweaty

[swet-ee] /ˈswɛt i/
adjective, sweatier, sweatiest.
1.
covered, moist, or stained with sweat.
2.
causing sweat.
3.
Origin of sweaty
1325-1375
First recorded in 1325-75, sweaty is from the Middle English word swety. See sweat, -y1
Related forms
sweatily, adverb
sweatiness, noun
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Examples from the Web for sweaty
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  • He was a sight; wet and dirty and sweaty from running, and scared.

    Pluck on the Long Trail

    Edwin L. Sabin
  • The gardener wiped his sweaty forehead with the inside of his wrist.

  • His hat was pushed back, uncovering a forehead seamed and sweaty.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • What hot and sweaty memories are linked with that word, haying!

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • And Mitch took off his hat and let the wind blow through his sweaty hair.

    Mitch Miller Edgar Lee Masters
British Dictionary definitions for sweaty

sweaty

/ˈswɛtɪ/
adjective sweatier, sweatiest
1.
covered with sweat; sweating
2.
smelling of or like sweat
3.
causing sweat
Derived Forms
sweatily, adverb
sweatiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sweaty
adj.

late 14c., from sweat + -y (2). Related: Sweatiness.

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