- 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 sultry
This sultry ballad about break-ups and make-ups in the City of Angels is haunting stuff.The 14 Best Songs of 2014: Bobby Shmurda, Future Islands, Drake, and More
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McDonough, in contrast, sells posters of herself in revealing clothing leaning over a car in a sultry manner.The Moms of Monster Jam Drive Trucks, Buck Macho Culture
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The sultry chanteuse enraged the daughter of late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain with comments she made about wanting to die young.Lana Del Rey’s Silly Death Wish and the Perils of Pop Artifice
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The film, silent and seven minutes in length, featured cabaret star Louise Willy performing a sultry striptease.How Hollywood’s Most Realistic Sex Scenes Were Made: ‘Don’t Look Now’ to ‘Nymphomaniac’
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And then there's a brief flash of a sultry brunette, topless, alongside a fluorescent crucifix.Sasha Grey on Her Secret ‘True Detective’ Cameo, ‘Open Windows,’ and the Duke Porn Star Backlash
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It was sultry, and there was something in the atmosphere that at once threatened and soothed.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
He went to the window and gasped in the mists of the sultry air for breath.Night and Morning, Complete
The day was sultry, and the heat, even in the dense shade of the jungle, oppressive.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
The day had been humid, warm and sultry, and the doors and windows were open.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
The day was sultry, and June in all its power ruled the countryside.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
- (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 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.