AskDefine | Define swelter

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1 be uncomfortably hot
2 suffer from intense heat; "we were sweltering at the beach"

User Contributed Dictionary






  1. To suffer terribly from intense heat.
  2. To perspire greatly from heat.


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

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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