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[swet-ee] /ˈswɛt i/
adjective, sweatier, sweatiest.
covered, moist, or stained with sweat.
causing sweat.
Origin of sweaty
First recorded in 1325-75, sweaty is from the Middle English word swety. See sweat, -y1
Related forms
sweatily, adverb
sweatiness, noun Unabridged
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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


adjective sweatier, sweatiest
covered with sweat; sweating
smelling of or like sweat
causing sweat
Derived Forms
sweatily, adverb
sweatiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sweaty

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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