- suffering oppressive heat.
- characterized by oppressive heat; sultry.
Origin of sweltering
- to suffer from oppressive heat.
- to oppress with heat.
- Archaic. to exude, as venom.
- a sweltering condition.
Origin of swelter
Examples from the Web for sweltering
Basosila Botala is wearing a blue rain jacket despite the sweltering heat.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
With sweltering hot temperatures, constant sweat was normal.The Original Ebola Hunter
September 14, 2014
The urban population abandons the sweltering cities and heads to the beach for the month.Will Scandal Sink the Spanish Royal Family?
August 18, 2014
I've never seen a white body left in the street for four hours in the sweltering heat.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: August 17
August 17, 2014
After a sweltering day of Republican head-scratching, the Iowa GOP chose its least popular candidate as a Congressional nominee.The Bizarro World Of Iowa’s GOP Convention
June 23, 2014
The place was silent with the peaceful calm of a sweltering August day.The Hound From The North
Hard on the heels of a sweltering autumn the winter came down.Bob, Son of Battle
The crisis came on Sunday the 28th of June, a day of sweltering heat.Washington and his Comrades in Arms
The happy, sweltering audience did not seem to see her in the first act.Sister Carrie
The sweltering heat caused a gradual discarding of garments.The Belovd Vagabond
William J. Locke
- oppressively hot and humida sweltering day
- (intr) to suffer under oppressive heat, esp to sweat and feel faint
- (tr) archaic to exude (venom)
- (tr) rare to cause to suffer under oppressive heat
- a sweltering condition (esp in the phrase in a swelter)
- oppressive humid heat
Word Origin and History for sweltering
c.1400, frequentative of swelten "be faint (especially with heat)," late 14c., from Old English sweltan "to die," from Proto-Germanic *swel- (cf. Old Saxon sweltan "to die," Old Norse svelta "to put to death, starve," Gothic sviltan "to die"), originally "to burn slowly," hence "to be overcome with heat or fever;" also the source of Old English swelan "to burn," from PIE root *swel- (2) "to shine, beam" (see Selene). For specialization of words meaning "to die," cf. starve. Related: Sweltered; sweltering.