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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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  • And Mitch took off his hat and let the wind blow through his sweaty hair.

    Mitch Miller Edgar Lee Masters
  • He was a sight; wet and dirty and sweaty from running, and scared.

    Pluck on the Long Trail Edwin L. Sabin
  • In the lower bunk lay Louis, grossly fat and warm and sweaty, asleep unfeignedly and sleeping laboriously.

    The Sea-Wolf Jack London
  • 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
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.

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