• (RP) IPA: /ˈswɛtə/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈswɛtɚ/, /-ɾɚ/
  • (Australia) IPA: /ˈswetə/

sweater (plural sweaters)

  1. A knitted jacket or jersey, usually of thick wool, worn by athletes before or after exercise.
  2. (US) A similar garment worn for warmth.
  3. One who sweats (produces sweat).
  4. One who or that which causes to sweat.
    • 1906, Chesterton, Charles Dickens, chapter 3
      We learn of the cruelty of some school or child-factory from journalists; we learn it from inspectors, we learn it from doctors, we learn it even from shame-stricken schoolmasters and repentant sweaters; but we never learn it from the children; we never learn it from the victims.
  5. A diaphoretic remedy.
  6. (historical) A middleman who subcontracted piece work in the tailoring trade.
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    • 1894, New York (State) Bureau of Mediation and Arbitration, Annual Report (volumes 7-8, page 158)
      If the piecework system had not existed there never would have been any sweatees. The men who are sweaters, I am sorry to say, are men who formerly belonged to our union.
  7. (archaic) One who sweats coins, i.e. removes small portions by shaking them.
  8. (UK, obsolete) A London street ruffian in Queen Anne's time who prodded weak passengers with his sword-point.
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  • Portuguese: suador

sweater (sweaters, present participle sweatering; past and past participle sweatered)

  1. (transitive) To dress in a sweater.

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