[ swet-id ]

  1. made by underpaid workers.

  2. underpaid and overworked.

  1. having poor working conditions.

Origin of sweated

1645–55 for earlier sense “saturated with sweat”; 1880–85 for def. 2; sweat + -ed2

Other words from sweated

  • un·sweat·ed, adjective

Words Nearby sweated

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How to use sweated in a sentence

  • Not like New York, that never expresses an opinion until a sort of consensus has sweated up to the surface.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • If I'd only known all about it, I would have sweated to death on the hottest day of the summer rather than not have obliged him.

  • Strife and hard work had sweated all the fat from his bones.

    Hunters Out of Space | Joseph Everidge Kelleam
  • Bart lay still and sweated, trying to ease his uncomfortable position, unable to move so much as a finger.

    The Colors of Space | Marion Zimmer Bradley

British Dictionary definitions for sweated


/ (ˈswɛtɪd) /

  1. made by exploited labour: sweated goods

  2. (of workers, etc) forced to work in poor conditions for low pay

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