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  1. sweatyadjective

    covered in sweat

    You never worried, with Jane, whether your hand was sweaty or not. All you knew was, you were happy. You really were - The Catcher in the Rye

  2. sweatyadjective

    having a tendency to sweat

  3. sweatyadjective

    likely to cause one to sweat

    it was a hot and sweaty day

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sweatyadjective

    Etymology: from sweat.

    The rabblement houted and clap’d their chop’d hands, and threw up their sweaty night-caps. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    A sweaty reaper from his tillage brought
    First-fruits, the green ear, and the yellow sheaf. John Milton.

    And then, so nice, and so genteel,
    Such cleanliness from head to heel;
    No humours gross, or frowsy steams,
    No noisome whiffs, or sweaty streams. Jonathan Swift.

    Those who labour
    The sweaty forge, who edge the crooked scythe,
    Bend stubborn steel, and harden gleening armour,
    Acknowledge Vulcan’s aid. Matthew Prior.


  1. sweaty

    Perspiration, also known as sweating, is the production of fluids secreted by the sweat glands in the skin of mammals.Two types of sweat glands can be found in humans: eccrine glands and apocrine glands. The eccrine sweat glands are distributed over much of the body and are responsible for secreting the watery, brackish sweat most often triggered by excessive body temperature. The apocrine sweat glands are restricted to the armpits and a few other areas of the body and produce an odorless, oily, opaque secretion which then gains its characteristic odor from bacterial decomposition. In humans, sweating is primarily a means of thermoregulation, which is achieved by the water-rich secretion of the eccrine glands. Maximum sweat rates of an adult can be up to 2–4 liters per hour or 10–14 liters per day (10–15 g/min·m2), but is less in children prior to puberty. Evaporation of sweat from the skin surface has a cooling effect due to evaporative cooling. Hence, in hot weather, or when the individual's muscles heat up due to exertion, more sweat is produced. Animals with few sweat glands, such as dogs, accomplish similar temperature regulation results by panting, which evaporates water from the moist lining of the oral cavity and pharynx. Although sweating is found in a wide variety of mammals, relatively few (exceptions include humans and horses) produce large amounts of sweat in order to cool down.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sweaty

    moist with sweat; as, a sweaty skin; a sweaty garment

  2. Sweaty

    consisting of sweat; of the nature of sweat

  3. Sweaty

    causing sweat; hence, laborious; toilsome; difficult

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sweaty in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sweaty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of sweaty in a Sentence

  1. Claire Sparling:

    We'll be holding people down while their arms are getting sawed off, giving them water, mopping their sweaty brows, writing letters to mothers, praying profusely.

  2. Paramedic Kenneth Phillips:

    When we evaluated officer Kerrick he was hyperventilating. He was pale, very sweaty. I think someone on the scene took his blood pressure but I'm not exactly sure, but they found his blood pressure was really high and he was very anxious.

  3. Jason Oviatt:

    He was sort of vacant. He was very relaxed, he was very calm and sort of disconnected ... not displaying any outward emotion or any outward sign of real engagement in what's going on, he was very sweaty. He smelled bad.

  4. Cayle Royce:

    It's very tight and sweaty -- conditions are really hot, every time you rotate, everything gets soaked. Condensation rains down on you the whole time. Salt water's hugely corrosive, so you get lots of sores and boils. It's a pretty miserable environment.

  5. Scott C. Holstad:

    Strangers frighten me. They remind me of you. Blood spills into the tub. Cramped quarters. Essence of fire. And garlic. Sweaty palms and images of the Diva rock me. Is it too late? Is it? Strangers frighten me. I dance puppet steps killing me hundreds of times over and over; I have a sickness to battle with you always there waiting.

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