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verb Sweat
  1. To excrete sensible moisture from the pores of the skin; to perspire.
  2. Fig.: To perspire in toil; to work hard; to drudge."He 'd have the poets sweat." [Waller.]
  3. To emit moisture, as green plants in a heap.

Etymology: OE. sweten, AS. swætan, fr. swāt, n., sweat; akin to OFries. & OS. swēt, D. zweet, OHG. sweiz, G. schweiss, Icel. sviti sveiti, Sw. svett, Dan. sved, L. sudor sweat, sudare to sweat, Gr. �, �, sweat, � to sweat, Skr. svēda sweat, svid to sweat. √178. Cf. Exude Sudary Sudorific

verb Sweat
  1. To cause to excrete moisture from the skin; to cause to perspire; as, his physicians attempted to sweat him by most powerful sudorifics.
  2. To emit or suffer to flow from the pores; to exude."It made her not a drop for sweat." [Chaucer.]"With exercise she sweat ill humors out." [Dryden.]
  3. To unite by heating, after the application of soldier.
  4. To get something advantageous, as money, property, or labor from (any one), by exaction or oppression; as, to sweat a spendthrift; to sweat laborers.(Colloq)"The only use of it [money] which is interdicted is to put it in circulation again after having diminished its weight by “ sweating”, or otherwise, because the quantity of metal contains is no longer consistent with its impression." [R. Cobden.]
noun Sweat
  1. [Physiol] 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."In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread." [Gen. iii. 19.]
  2. The act of sweating; or the state of one who sweats; hence, labor; toil; drudgery.
  3. Moisture issuing from any substance; as, the sweat of hay or grain in a mow or stack.
  4. The sweating sickness.(Obs)
  5. [Man] A short run by a race horse in exercise.

Etymology: Cf. OE. swot, AS. swāt. See Sweat (v. i.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Use of physical or mental energy; hard work
  2. Salty fluid secreted by sweat glands ("sweat poured off his brow")
  3. Condensation of moisture on a cold surface ("the cold glasses were streaked with sweat")
  4. Agitation resulting from active worry ("he's in a sweat about exams")
  5. Excrete perspiration through the pores in the skin ("Exercise makes one sweat")

From Middle English swete, swet, swate, swote, from Old English swāt, from Proto-Germanic *swait-, *swaitą, from Proto-Indo-European *swoyd- (“to sweat”), o-grade of *sweyd- (“to sweat”). Cognate with West Frisian swit, Dutch zweet, German Schweiß, Danish sved, Swedish svett, Yiddish שוויצן (shvitsn) (English shvitz), French sueur, Spanish sudor, Persian خوی (xway), Sanskrit स्वेद (svéda), Latvian sviedri, Tocharian B syā-, and Albanian djersë.

  1. 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. (Britain, slang, military slang, especially WWI) A soldier (especially one who is old or experienced).
  3. (historical) The sweating sickness.
  4. Moisture issuing from any substance.
    the of hay or grain in a mow or stack
  5. A short run by a racehorse as a form of exercise.

From Middle English sweten, from Old English swǣtan, from Proto-Germanic *swaitijaną (“to sweat”). Compare Dutch zweten, German schwitzen, Danish svede.

    sweat was also found in the following language(s): French

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Sweat

    Keith Sweat is an urban contemporary, contemporary r&b, and new jack swing musician. He plays Bass guitar, Keyboard instrument, Drum kit, and Vocals. He has had major accomplishments since 1975. Keith was given the name Keith Douglas Crier on July 22nd, 1961 in Harlem.


    Edward/Eddie Sweat was a groom (profession). Edward/Eddie was born on August 29th, 1939 in United States. He breathed his last breath on April 17th, 1998.


    Ben Sweat is a soccer player for the Tampa Bay Rowdies, South Florida Bulls men's soccer, VSI Tampa Bay FC (PDL), Reading United A.C., Columbus Crew SC, and Dayton Dutch Lions. Ben was born on September 4th, 1991 in Palm Harbor, Florida, United States.


    Josh Sweat is a football player. Josh was born on March 29th, 1997 in Chesapeake, Virginia.


    Andrew Sweat is an athlete. Andrew was born on April 11th, 1989 in Washington, Pennsylvania.


    Benjamin Sweat is an athlete for the VSI Tampa Bay FC (PDL).


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    Ethnicity Sweat U.S.
      White 74.69% 64.26%
      African American 18.85% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.33% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 1.94% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.19% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.01% 16.26%

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    Fun Facts about the name Sweat

    • How Popular is the name Sweat? As a last name Sweat was the 3,856th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Sweat first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Sweat is Sunday, June 25th, 1893.
    • How unique is the name Sweat? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Sweat. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Sweat: Your name in reverse order is Taews. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Esawt. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Sweat? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 9,194 people with the last name Sweat.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Sweat? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Sweat as their last name.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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