swelt

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English swelten, from Old English sweltan, from Proto-Germanic *sweltaną. Cognate to Dutch zwelten (to die).

Verb[edit]

swelt (third-person singular simple present swelts, present participle swelting, simple past swelted or swolt, past participle swelted or swolten)

  1. (obsolete outside dialects) To die.
  2. (obsolete outside dialects) To succumb or be overcome with emotion, heat, etc.; to faint or swelter
    • 1567 Arthur Golding; Ovid's Metamorphoses Bk. 1; line 571:
      Immediatly in smoldering heate of Love the t'one did swelt,
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Bishop Hall to this entry?)

Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

swelt

  1. (obsolete) simple past tense of swell

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