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sweaty

[swet-ee]
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adjective, sweat·i·er, sweat·i·est.
  1. covered, moist, or stained with sweat.
  2. causing sweat.
  3. laborious.
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Origin of sweaty

First recorded in 1325–75, sweaty is from the Middle English word swety. See sweat, -y1
Related formssweat·i·ly, adverbsweat·i·ness, noun
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Historical Examples

  • He was a sight; wet and dirty and sweaty from running, and scared.

  • The gardener wiped his sweaty forehead with the inside of his wrist.

  • His hat was pushed back, uncovering a forehead seamed and sweaty.

  • 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

sweaty

adjective sweatier or sweatiest
  1. covered with sweat; sweating
  2. smelling of or like sweat
  3. causing sweat
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Derived Formssweatily, adverbsweatiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sweaty

adj.

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

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