made by underpaid workers.
underpaid and overworked.
having poor working conditions.

Nearby words

  1. sweat pants,
  2. sweat sock,
  3. sweat suit,
  4. sweatband,
  5. sweatbox,
  6. sweater,
  7. sweater girl,
  8. sweatercoat,
  9. sweathouse,
  10. sweating sickness

Origin of sweated

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

Related formsun·sweat·ed, adjective



verb (used without object), sweat or sweat·ed, sweat·ing.

to perspire, especially freely or profusely.
to exude moisture, as green plants piled in a heap or cheese.
to gather moisture from the surrounding air by condensation.
(of moisture or liquid) to ooze or be exuded.
Informal. to work hard.
Informal. to experience distress, as from anxiety.
(of tobacco) to ferment.

verb (used with object), sweat or sweat·ed, sweat·ing.

to excrete (perspiration, moisture, etc.) through the pores of the skin.
to exude in drops or small particles: The drying figs sweat tiny drops of moisture.
to send forth or get rid of with or like perspiration (often followed by out or off).
to wet or stain with perspiration.
to cause (a person, a horse, etc.) to perspire.
to cause to exude moisture, especially as a step in an industrial drying process: to sweat wood.
to earn, produce, or obtain (a result, promotion, compliment, etc.) by hard work.
to cause to lose (weight) as by perspiring or hard work: The hard week's work sweated five pounds off him.
to cause, force, or bring pressure on (a person, an animal, etc.) to work hard.
to employ (workers) at low wages, for long hours, or under other unfavorable conditions.
to labor with meticulous care over: The manufacturer of this beautiful car has really sweated the details.
  1. to obtain or extort (money) from someone.
  2. to extort money from; fleece.
Slang. to subject to severe questioning; give the third degree to.
  1. to heat (an alloy) in order to remove a constituent melting at a lower temperature than the alloy as a whole.
  2. to heat (solder or the like) to melting.
  3. to join (metal objects) by heating and pressing together, usually with solder.
to remove bits of metal from (gold coins) by shaking them against one another, as in a bag.Compare clip1(def 4).
to cause (tobacco or cocoa) to ferment.


the process of sweating or perspiring.
that which is secreted from sweat glands; perspiration.
a state or a period of sweating.
hard work.
Informal. a state of anxiety or impatience.
a process of inducing sweating or perspiration, or of being sweated, as in medical treatment.
moisture exuded from something or gathered on a surface.
an exuding of moisture, as by a substance.
an inducing of such exudation, as in some industrial process.
a run given to a horse for exercise, as before a race.
sweats, Informal. sweatpants, sweatshirts, sweat suits, or the like.


  1. (of clothes) made to be worn for exercise, sports, or other physical activity.
  2. made of the absorbent fabric used for such clothes: sweat dresses.
  3. of, for, or associated with such clothes: the sweat look in sportswear.

Verb Phrases

sweat out, Informal.
  1. to await anxiously the outcome of; endure apprehensively: The accused sweated out the jury's deliberation.
  2. to work arduously at or toward: The director sweated out a camera angle with the cinematographer.

Origin of sweat

before 900; 1970–75 for def 6; (v.) Middle English sweten, Old English swǣtan to sweat, derivative of swāt (noun) (> obsolete English swote); (noun) Middle English, alteration of swote, influenced by the v.; cognate with Dutch zweet, German Schweiss, Old Norse sveiti, Sanskrit svedas; akin to Latin sūdor, Greek hidrṓs

24. See perspiration.

Related formssweat·less, adjectivenon·sweat·ing, adjectiveun·sweat·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for sweated



made by exploited laboursweated goods
(of workers, etc) forced to work in poor conditions for low pay



the secretion from the sweat glands, esp when profuse and visible, as during strenuous activity, from excessive heat, etc; commonly also called perspirationRelated adjectives: sudatory, sudorific
the act or process of secreting this fluid
the act of inducing the exudation of moisture
drops of moisture given forth or gathered on the surface of something
informal a state or condition of worry or eagerness (esp in the phrase in a sweat)
slang drudgery or hard labourmowing lawns is a real sweat!
mainly US an exercise gallop given to a horse, esp on the day of a race
slang, mainly British a soldier, esp one who is old and experienced
no sweat! (interjection) slang an expression suggesting that something can be done without problems or difficulty

verb sweats, sweating, sweat or sweated

to secrete (sweat) through the pores of the skin, esp profusely
(tr) to make wet or stain with sweat
to give forth or cause to give forth (moisture) in dropletsa sweating cheese; the maple sweats sap
(intr) to collect and condense moisture on an outer surfacea glass of beer sweating in the sun
(intr) (of a liquid) to pass through a porous surface in droplets
(of tobacco leaves, cut and dried hay, etc) to exude moisture and, sometimes, begin to ferment or to cause (tobacco leaves, etc) to exude moisture
(tr) to heat (food, esp vegetables) slowly in butter in a tightly closed saucepan
(tr) to join (pieces of metal) by pressing together and heating
(tr) to heat (solder) until it melts
(tr) to heat (a partially fused metal) to extract an easily fusible constituent
to shake together (coins, esp gold coins) so as to remove particles for illegal use
informal to suffer anxiety, impatience, or distress
informal to overwork or be overworked
(tr) informal to employ at very low wages and under bad conditions
(tr) informal to extort, esp by tortureto sweat information out of a captive
(intr) informal to suffer punishmentyou'll sweat for this!
sweat blood informal
  1. to work very hard
  2. to be filled with anxiety or impatience

Derived Formssweatless, adjective

Word Origin for sweat

Old English swætan to sweat, from swāt sweat; related to Old Saxon swēt, Old Norse sveiti, Old High German sweiz, Latin sūdor, Sanskrit svedas

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Word Origin and History for sweated
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Medicine definitions for sweated




To excrete perspiration through the pores in the skin; perspire.


The colorless saline moisture excreted by the sweat glands; perspiration.
The process of sweating.

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Science definitions for sweated



The salty liquid given off by sweat glands in the skin of mammals. As sweat evaporates, the skin cools, causing a reduction in body heat.
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Idioms and Phrases with sweated


In addition to the idioms beginning with sweat

  • sweat blood
  • sweat bullets
  • sweat of one's brow
  • sweat out

also see:

  • by the sweat of one's brow
  • in a cold sweat
  • no problem (sweat)
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