What does sweat mean?

Definitions for sweat

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sweat.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. perspiration, sweat, sudor(noun)

    salty fluid secreted by sweat glands

    "sweat poured off his brow"

  2. fret, stew, sweat, lather, swither(noun)

    agitation resulting from active worry

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

  3. sweat(noun)

    condensation of moisture on a cold surface

    "the cold glasses were streaked with sweat"

  4. effort, elbow grease, exertion, travail, sweat(verb)

    use of physical or mental energy; hard work

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

  5. sweat, sudate, perspire(verb)

    excrete perspiration through the pores in the skin

    "Exercise makes one sweat"


  1. sweat(Noun)

    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. sweat(Noun)

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

  3. sweat(Noun)

    The sweating sickness.

  4. sweat(Verb)

    To emit sweat.

  5. sweat(Verb)

    To work hard.

  6. sweat(Verb)

    To worry.

  7. sweat(Verb)

    To worry about (something).

  8. sweat(Verb)

    To emit, in the manner of sweat.

    to sweat blood.

  9. sweat(Verb)

    To solder (a pipe joint) together.

  10. sweat(Verb)

    To stress out.

    Stop sweatin' me!

  11. sweat(Verb)

    To cook slowly in shallow oil without browning.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sweat

    of Sweat

  2. Sweat(verb)

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

  3. Sweat(verb)

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

  4. Sweat(verb)

    to emit moisture, as green plants in a heap

  5. Sweat(verb)

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

  6. Sweat(verb)

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

  7. Sweat(verb)

    to unite by heating, after the application of soldier

  8. Sweat(verb)

    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. Sweat(verb)

    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. Sweat(verb)

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

  11. Sweat(verb)

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

  12. Sweat(verb)

    the sweating sickness

  13. Sweat(verb)

    a short run by a race horse in exercise

  14. Origin: [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.

Editors Contribution

  1. sweat

    A small amount of fluid secreted from the glands in the skin of a human being or mammal.

    Some people sweat when they are exercising or lifting things for a long amount of time.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 15, 2016  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

Anagrams for sweat »

  1. Tawse

  2. Wetas

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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. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    Tears are the sweat of champions.

  2. Raffy Karamanoukian:

    It basically tasersthe sweat glands.

  3. Charlie Finley:

    Sweat plus sacrifice equals success.

  4. George Smith Patton, Jr.:

    A pint of sweat, saves a gallon of blood.

  5. George S. Patton:

    A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood.

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