adjective, sul·tri·er, sul·tri·est.
- sulu archipelago,
- sulu sea,
- sulzberger, arthur hays
Origin of sultry
Examples from the Web for sultriness
With Perl in particular, a former makeup artist, there is a sultriness to her metallic eye shadow and her painted lips.The Sisterhood of Bulletproof Stockings: It’s Ladies’ Night for Hasidic Rockers|Emily Shire|September 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A cool freshness had succeeded the sultriness of the day, and she had perhaps not gone out till late.Mary Seaham, Volume 1 of 3|Elizabeth Caroline Grey
The path grew narrower and steeper, and the flower scents and the sultriness made it like walking in a hothouse.The Lost Prince|Frances Hodgson Burnett
She had seen them day after day thinly lined on the dead sky, inviting thunder and doomed to sultriness.The Tragic Comedians, Complete|George Meredith
What with the dancing and the sultriness of the weather, the night was about as hot as an oven.Johnny Ludlow. First Series|Mrs. Henry Wood
With the south-east aerial current comes heat and sultriness.
adjective -trier or -triest
Word Origin for sultry
1590s, "oppressively hot, close and moist" (of weather), from obsolete verb sulter "to swelter" (1580s), alteration of swelter. Figurative sense of "hot with lust" is attested from 1704; of women, "lascivious, sensual, arousing desire" it is recorded from 1940.