- oppressively hot and close or moist; sweltering: a sultry day.
- oppressively hot; emitting great heat: the sultry sun.
- characterized by or associated with sweltering heat: sultry work in the fields.
- characterized by or arousing passion: sultry eyes.
Origin of sultry
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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
September 30, 2014
A week went by,—a week of weather that had all the sultriness of August.
The water was inviting, with the sultriness of the afternoon.The Rival Campers Ashore
Ruel Perley Smith
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
It was, as he said, a splendid day—all sultriness dissipated by the strong wind.Rutledge
Miriam Coles Harris
Upon him and his mother lay the sultriness of a brewing tempest.The Burning Secret
- (of weather or climate) oppressively hot and humid
- characterized by or emitting oppressive heat
- displaying or suggesting passion; sensualsultry eyes
Word Origin and History for sultriness
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.