American English

Definition of sweat noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    jump to other results
    liquid on skin
  1. 1[uncountable] drops of liquid that appear on the surface of your skin when you are hot, sick, or afraid synonym perspiration beads of sweat She wiped the sweat from her face. By the end of the game, the sweat was pouring off him. Their bodies were soaked in sweat. see also sweaty
  2. 2[usually singular] the state of being covered with sweat I woke up in a sweat. She completed the routine without even working up a sweat. He breaks out in a sweat just at the thought of flying. He started having night sweats. see also cold sweat
  3. hard work
  4. 3[uncountable] hard work or effort (literary) She achieved success by the sweat of her brow (= by working very hard).
  5. clothes
  6. 4sweats [plural] (informal) a sweatsuit or sweatpants I hung around the house all day in my sweats.
  7. Idioms
    be/get in a sweat (about something)
    jump to other results
    to be/become anxious or frightened about something
    blood, sweat, and tears
    jump to other results
    very hard work; a lot of effort The only way to succeed is through old-fashioned blood, sweat and tears.
    break a sweat (informal)
    jump to other results
    to use a lot of physical effort He hardly needed to break a sweat to reach the final.
    no sweat (informal)
    jump to other results
    used to tell someone that something is not difficult or a problem when they thank you or ask you to do something “Thanks for everything.” “Hey, no sweat!”
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: sweat