sultry

[ suhl-tree ]
/ ˈsʌl tri /

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adjective, sul·tri·er, sul·tri·est.

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

1585–95; sult(e)r (variant of swelter) + -y1

Related forms

sul·tri·ly, adverbsul·tri·ness, nounun·sul·try, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sultry

sultry

/ (ˈsʌltrɪ) /

adjective -trier or -triest

(of weather or climate) oppressively hot and humid
characterized by or emitting oppressive heat
displaying or suggesting passion; sensualsultry eyes

Derived Forms

sultrily, adverbsultriness, noun

Word Origin for sultry

C16: from obsolete sulter to swelter + -y 1
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