swelter

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English sweltren, swaltren, frequentative form of Middle English swelten (to die; faint), from Old English sweltan (to die), from Proto-Germanic *sweltaną (to die), from Proto-Indo-European *swel- (to smolder; burn), equivalent to swelt +‎ -er (frequentative suffix). More at swelt.

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swelter (third-person singular simple present swelters, present participle sweltering, simple past and past participle sweltered)

  1. (intransitive) To suffer terribly from intense heat.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Samuel Taylor Coleridge to this entry?)
  2. (intransitive) To perspire greatly from heat.

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swelter (plural swelters)

  1. Intense heat.
    The summer swelter did not relent until late in September, most years.

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