Definition of swelter in English:

swelter

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • (of a person or the atmosphere at a particular time or place) be uncomfortably hot.

    ‘Barney sweltered in his doorman's uniform’
    • ‘We were rained on hard enough to look for a second ark, we drove through three snowstorms in the mountains, we froze in a harsh Kansas wind, and we sweltered in southern Texas heat.’
    • ‘Across the aeons, temperatures have dipped and soared, plunged and sweltered - without the assistance of mankind.’
    • ‘They may be sweltering and risking dehydration at one moment then combating hypothermia as the wind swings round to the east.’
    • ‘How they must look down at us sitting there, sweltering away in the morning sun, and laugh their heads off at us.’
    • ‘Otherwise, laugh along as Harold improvises an elephant trunk, chews on leaves, swelters in a hot desert sun, deals with mischievous thieving monkeys, and more.’
    • ‘While the north coast has sweltered under the hottest February sun for 100 years, the rains have arrived just in time to remind us it's winter sport sign-on.’
    • ‘On the downside it's 300 km from the sea, freezing in the winter, sweltering in the summer.’
    • ‘If you thought that you were sweltering more than usual during February you were far from wrong.’
    • ‘Outside the Waldorf-Astoria, demonstrators and cops shivered in a cold, persistent drizzle; inside, delegates sweltered in the over-heating that seems to tempt every hotel manager.’
    • ‘As Tokyo swelters in soaring temperatures, people are being invited to cool off by choosing from a variety of unusual flavours.’
    • ‘One of the beach packed with visitors sweltering in Mediterranean-style sunshine.’
    • ‘When the weather is sweltering, how we long for the cooling respite of a dip in a swimming pool.’
    • ‘As Hong Kong sweltered for the second day under smoggy skies, a health lobby group called on the government to reform its current air pollution health warnings saying they are inadequate.’
    • ‘As Coventry swelter in the heat, Mikkel Bischoff still maintains he made the right move in switching to the Ricoh Arena.’
    • ‘The locked-out crowd had two choices: remain uncomfortably warm in the plaza, or crowd into the box-office area and swelter unbearably.’
    • ‘Granted, here in Dublin it's a few degrees cooler than in Britain, but it's still sweltering by our standards.’
    • ‘I got to the top about 15 minutes before them but then I made a big mistake and took my hat off because I was sweltering.’
    • ‘Over the summer Matt, from Rodbourne, completed the Athens marathon despite sweltering temperatures.’
    • ‘Having to sit on stage in sweltering heat all day taking the brunt of increasingly short-tempered attendees is not going to be much fun.’
    • ‘Hong Kong sweltered yesterday in its hottest day so far this year with the mercury reaching a monstrous 37 degrees in the western New Territories and 34 degrees in urban areas.’
    hot, stifling, suffocating, humid, steamy, sultry, sticky, muggy, close, stuffy, airless, oppressive, tropical, torrid, burning, searing, parching, like an oven, like a turkish bath, jungle-like
    boiling, baking, roasting, blistering, sizzling
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noun

  • [in singular] An uncomfortably hot atmosphere.

    ‘the swelter of an August day’
    • ‘A slim, wooden door separates the tiny coffee storefront from a handful of employees working in the swelter of the warehouse-style area, heated both by the summer weather and the industrial-size coffee roaster.’
    • ‘The fire was so violent and hot that he could feel it's swelter from three blocks away.’
    • ‘Now most of the crew will fight for their ship in a swelter of smoke and foul air.’
    • ‘There is a level of desperation provided in the performances, and the monochrome image sells the desert swelter very well.’
    • ‘School children are sweating it out with soaring summer temperatures and record levels of humidity leaving the region in a swelter.’
    hot weather, hotness, warm weather, warmth, warmness, sultriness, closeness, mugginess, humidity, swelter
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Origin

Middle English: from the base of dialect swelt perish of Germanic origin.

Pronunciation:

swelter

/ˈsweltər/