to be or feel uncomfortably hot; sweat, feel weak, etc. from great heat
Origin of swelterfrequentative of Middle English swelten, to die, swoon away, faint from Old English sweltan, to die from Indo-European base an unverified form swel-, to burn from source Classical Greek heil?, sun's heat
- to cause to swelter
- Archaic to exude (venom or poison)
- the condition of sweltering
- oppressive heat
verbswel·tered, swel·ter·ing, swel·ters
To suffer from oppressive heat.
Archaic To exude (venom, for example).
A condition of oppressive heat.
Origin of swelterMiddle English swelteren frequentative of swelten to faint from heat from Old English sweltan to perish
(third-person singular simple present swelters, present participle sweltering, simple past and past participle sweltered)
- Intense heat.
- The summer swelter did not relent until late in September, most years.