What does Sweat mean?

Definitions for Sweat

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Sweat.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. perspiration, sweat, sudornoun

    salty fluid secreted by sweat glands

    "sweat poured off his brow"

  2. fret, stew, sweat, lather, swithernoun

    agitation resulting from active worry

    "don't get in a stew"; "he's in a sweat about exams"

  3. sweatnoun

    condensation of moisture on a cold surface

    "the cold glasses were streaked with sweat"

  4. effort, elbow grease, exertion, travail, sweatverb

    use of physical or mental energy; hard work

    "he got an A for effort"; "they managed only with great exertion"

  5. sweat, sudate, perspireverb

    excrete perspiration through the pores in the skin

    "Exercise makes one sweat"


  1. sweatnoun

    Fluid that exits the body through pores in the skin usually due to physical stress and/or high temperature for the purpose of regulating body temperature and removing certain compounds from the circulation.

  2. sweatnoun

    A soldier (especially one who is old or experienced).

  3. sweatnoun

    The sweating sickness.

  4. sweatverb

    To emit sweat.

  5. sweatverb

    To work hard.

  6. sweatverb

    To worry.

  7. sweatverb

    To worry about (something).

  8. sweatverb

    To emit, in the manner of sweat.

    to sweat blood.

  9. sweatverb

    To solder (a pipe joint) together.

  10. sweatverb

    To stress out.

    Stop sweatin' me!

  11. sweatverb

    To cook slowly in shallow oil without browning.

  12. Etymology: swat, from swait-, from swoyd-. Cognate with Danish sved, Swedish svett, German Schweiß, Dutch zweet, French sueur, Persian Latvian sviedri and Albanian djersë.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SWEATnoun

    Etymology: sweat , Saxon; sweet, Dutch.

    Sweat is salt in taste; for that part of the nourishment which is fresh and sweet, turneth into blood and flesh; and the sweat is that part which is excerned. Francis Bacon.

    Some insensible effluvium, exhaling out of the stone, comes to be checked and condensed by the air on the superficies of it, as it happens to sweat on the skins of animals. Boyle.

    Soft on the flow’ry herb I found me laid
    In balmy sweat. John Milton.

    When Lucilius brandishes his pen,
    And flashes in the face of guilty men,
    A cold sweat stands in drops on ev’ry part,
    And rage succeeds to tears, revenge to smart. Dryden.

    Sweat is produced by changing the balance between the fluids and solids, in which health consists, so as that projectile motion of the fluids overcome the resistance of the solids. Arb.

    This painful labour of abridging was not easy, but a matter of sweat and watching. 2 Mac. ii. 26.

    The field
    To labour calls us, now with sweat impos’d. John Milton.

    What from Johnson’s oil and sweat did flow,
    Or what more easy nature did bestow
    On William Shakespeare’s gentler muse, in thee full grown
    Their graces both appear. John Denham.

    Beans give in the mow; and therefore those that are to be kept are not to be thrashed ’till March, that they have had a thorough sweat in the mow. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

  2. To Sweatverb

    To emit as sweat.

    Grease that’s sweaten
    From the murtherer’s gibbet, throw
    Into the flame. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    For him the rich Arabia sweats her gum. Dryden.

  3. To Sweatverb

    preterite swet, sweated; particip. pass. sweaten.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Shall I say to you,
    Let them be free, marry them to your heirs?
    Why sweat they under burdens? William Shakespeare, Merch. of Venice.

    Mistress Page at the door, sweating and blowing, and looking wildly, would needs speak with you. William Shakespeare.

    When he was brought again to the bar, to hear
    His knell rung out, his judgment, he was stirr’d
    With such an agony, he sweat extremely. William Shakespeare, H. VIII.

    About this time in autumn, there reigned in the city and other parts of the kingdom a disease then new; which, of the accidents and manner thereof they called the sweating sickness. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    A young tall squire
    Did from the camp at first before him go;
    At first he did, but scarce could follow strait,
    Sweating beneath a shield’s unruly weight. Abraham Cowley.

    How the drudging goblin swet
    To earn his cream-bowl duly set;
    When in one night, ere glimpse of morn,
    His shadowy flail hath thresh’d the corn. John Milton.

    Our author, not content to see
    That others write as carelessly as he;
    Though he pretends not to make things complete,
    Yet, to please you, he’d have the poets sweat. Edmund Waller.

    Wainscots will sweat so that they will run with water. Francis Bacon.

    In cold evenings there will be a moisture or sweating upon the stool. John Mortimer.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sweat

    of Sweat

  2. Sweatverb

    to excrete sensible moisture from the pores of the skin; to perspire

  3. Sweatverb

    fig.: To perspire in toil; to work hard; to drudge

  4. Sweatverb

    to emit moisture, as green plants in a heap

  5. Sweatverb

    to cause to excrete moisture from the skin; to cause to perspire; as, his physicians attempted to sweat him by most powerful sudorifics

  6. Sweatverb

    to emit or suffer to flow from the pores; to exude

  7. Sweatverb

    to unite by heating, after the application of soldier

  8. Sweatverb

    to get something advantageous, as money, property, or labor from (any one), by exaction or oppression; as, to sweat a spendthrift; to sweat laborers

  9. Sweatverb

    the fluid which is excreted from the skin of an animal; the fluid secreted by the sudoriferous glands; a transparent, colorless, acid liquid with a peculiar odor, containing some fatty acids and mineral matter; perspiration. See Perspiration

  10. Sweatverb

    the act of sweating; or the state of one who sweats; hence, labor; toil; drudgery

  11. Sweatverb

    moisture issuing from any substance; as, the sweat of hay or grain in a mow or stack

  12. Sweatverb

    the sweating sickness

  13. Sweatverb

    a short run by a race horse in exercise

  14. Etymology: [OE. sweten, AS. swaetan, fr. swt, n., sweat; akin to OFries. & OS. swt, D. zweet, OHG. sweiz, G. schweiss, Icel. sviti, sveiti, Sw. svett, Dan. sved, L. sudor sweat, sudare to sweat, Gr. , , sweat, to sweat, Skr. svda sweat, svid to sweat. 178. Cf. Exude, Sudary, Sudorific.]


  1. Sweat

    Sweat is a Brazilian Modernist novel. It was written by Jorge Amado in 1934.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sweat

    swet, n. the moisture from the skin, the state of one who sweats, diaphoresis: labour: drudgery.—v.i. to give out sweat or moisture: to toil, drudge for poor wages: to suffer penalty, smart.—v.t. to give out, as sweat: to cause to sweat: to squeeze money or extortionate interest from, to compel to hard work for mean wages: to wear away or pare down by friction or other means, as coins: to scrape the sweat from a horse.—ns. Sweat′er, one who sweats, or that which causes sweating, a diaphoretic: a heavy kind of jersey used by persons in training for athletic contests, to reduce their weight: one who sweats coins: a London street ruffian in Queen Anne's time who prodded weak passengers with his sword-point; Sweat′iness; Sweat′ing-bath, a bath to promote perspiration; Sweat′ing-house, -room, a house, room, for sweating persons: a room for sweating cheese and carrying off the superfluous juices; Sweat′ing-sick′ness, an extremely fatal epidemic disorder which ravaged Europe, and esp. England, in the 15th and 16th centuries—a violent inflammatory fever, with a fetid perspiration over the whole body; Sweat′ing-sys′tem, the practice of working poor people at starvation wages, esp. in making up clothes in their own houses.—adj. Sweat′y, wet with sweat: consisting of sweat: laborious. [A.S. swát, sweat, swǽtan, to sweat; Dut. zweet; Low Ger. sweet, Ger. schweiss.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Sweat

    The fluid excreted by the SWEAT GLANDS. It consists of water containing sodium chloride, phosphate, urea, ammonia, and other waste products.

Rap Dictionary

  1. sweatverb


  2. sweatverb

    Worry, as in Don't sweat it.

  3. sweatverb

    Harass or scrutinize. Kinda like when a dog rapes a caterpillar... or two narcs in the area that's sweatin' me -- Digital Underground (Sex packets).

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SWEAT

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sweat is ranked #3856 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Sweat surname appeared 9,194 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Sweat.

    74.6% or 6,867 total occurrences were White.
    18.8% or 1,733 total occurrences were Black.
    2.1% or 201 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2% or 185 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.9% or 178 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.3% or 30 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Sweat' in Nouns Frequency: #2773

Anagrams for Sweat »

  1. tawse

  2. waste

  3. awest

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sweat in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sweat in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Sweat in a Sentence

  1. Marge Perry:

    Not only is watermelon incredibly refreshing, it packs a powerful electrolyte punch, which helps replace what Isabel Maples sweat out.

  2. Joyce Mitchell:

    I know I had agreed to help them escape and run away with them, but I panicked and couldn't follow through with the rest of the plan. I really do love my husband and he's the reason I didn't meet Inmate Richard Matt and Inmate Sweat, human behavior is complex, and the motivations behind behavior can be from many reasons. And so for some, depending on what motivated the behavior or psychiatric conditions they have, it absolutely could be when they're out of that context, or something else happens in their life, that they realize the error of their ways.

  3. Scott C. Holstad:

    chain link heat, a little over whelming some times when the sweat runs down your body like so many open veins jagged and throbbing

  4. Bhairavi Desai:

    Uber and Lyft have built their business model off the sweat of drivers, paying the vast majority of New York City drivers less than minimum wage in New York City drivers quests to go public, now, instead of raising wages in anticipation of their windfall, they only want to offer stock grants to a small minority of drivers ?

  5. Dwight D Eisenhower:

    Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. . .  This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.

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