Definition of sultry in English:

sultry

adjective

  • 1(of the air or weather) hot and humid.

    ‘the sultry late summer weather had brought swarms of insects’
    ‘the air was warm, slightly humid but not sultry’
    • ‘Never have I seen someone run so fast on a sultry summer afternoon.’
    • ‘The catch was a good one but not as good as three other stunning efforts which ensured that Yorkshire had a constant struggle on their hands in the sultry weather.’
    • ‘From the sultry weather of Mumbai, the players had travelled to the Capital where dry heat awaited them.’
    • ‘It was summer, the air sultry and heavy with the approaching deluge.’
    • ‘It looks wonderful, with its sultry air, more vivid than I can remember ever seeing in a film.’
    • ‘Not used to such humid and sultry conditions, the bears are said to tackle the heat by lying still for hours together.’
    • ‘It was quite a change from the cold winters of Canada to the hot, sultry weather of Zanzibar.’
    • ‘Samoa's climate is sultry, alternately sunny and rainy, but always hot and humid.’
    • ‘Our current approach is to prevent the disease during the sultry, humid summer.’
    • ‘Yet this is where Guns N'Roses veterans Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum find themselves on a sultry summer Saturday in June.’
    • ‘Not a leaf, not a blade of grass, stirred in the sultry air.’
    • ‘The long period of hot, sultry, humid, rainless weather has finally broken this morning, with a long, rumbling storm.’
    • ‘To escape from the scorching, sultry summers of Delhi he would take his trainees to the sand dunes of the Yamuna at Okhla, South Delhi.’
    • ‘If your summers get really sultry, your peppers will appreciate a heavy mulch after the spring season.’
    • ‘One fears for other encounters between the police and individuals in crisis in the coming hot and sultry summer weather.’
    • ‘After almost a month of sultry weather most places of Bangladesh were showered with moderate rainfalls in the last couple of days.’
    • ‘So what's the next best option to escape from the sultry weather?’
    • ‘It was a welcome relief from the sultry weather conditions for people as Chandigarh and the adjoining areas had a low to moderate rainfall today.’
    • ‘Excellent music for packing on a hot, humid, sultry, summer's night.’
    • ‘As his plane moved through the sultry air at eleven thousand feet he reviewed his progress.’
    humid, close, airless, stuffy, stifling, suffocating, oppressive, muggy, sticky, sweltering, tropical, torrid, steamy, heavy
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  • 2(especially of a woman or her behaviour) displaying or suggesting a strongly sexual nature.

    ‘a sultry French au pair’
    • ‘Most of the other paintings and pastels on view feature sultry young female models variously posed in fashionable garb.’
    • ‘She had been described as Ireland's sultry, sexy jazz diva and her reputation has seen her travel all over the world.’
    • ‘A flicker of a sultry woman, moist with the warmth of water from the ocean, comes to mind.’
    • ‘On the DVD cover is a picture of a rather sultry woman in a sensual pose.’
    • ‘Get past the strawberry blond tresses and her willowy, sultry looks, and Sutton's intelligence is manifest in all she does.’
    • ‘Her sultry voice caused something inside of him to burn.’
    • ‘His sultry looks and sinuous movements were his passport to Hollywood, where his first leading roles in 1921 catapulted him to fame.’
    • ‘Elinor laughed, a sultry entangling siren's laugh.’
    • ‘Ms April is best described as a woman with sultry looks, with pale lovely skin, full lips and chocolate brown eyes that would make you melt.’
    • ‘She shot to fame as a sultry seductress in Desperate Housewives.’
    • ‘Remember those sultry, sexy pictures of the young James Dean?’
    • ‘The sultry actress will be the face of the rap star's brand new fashion line.’
    • ‘She was soon featuring in US magazines wearing little more than a sultry smile.’
    • ‘She was beautiful: a sultry brunette with a seductive voice and she oozed femininity.’
    • ‘She reinvented herself from cute girl-next-door to sultry diva.’
    • ‘It's impossible to imagine her as the girl next door or a sultry temptress, so she often ends up playing the sexless totty, rather than the heroine.’
    • ‘And just when the show seemed to be over, the lights went up on a 1930s nightclub, complete with sultry singers, tables and waiters.’
    • ‘This sultry goddess of a tow-truck driver has been rescuing autos in distress for almost five years.’
    • ‘Has he ever witnessed any sultry housewives or teenage seductresses losing pieces of their bikinis in the water?’
    • ‘The sultry songstress took time out to share her thoughts about what makes her so different.’
    passionate, attractive, sensual, sexy, voluptuous, luscious, erotic, seductive, provocative, alluring, tempting
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Origin

Late 16th century: from obsolete sulter ‘swelter’.

Pronunciation

sultry

/ˈsʌltri/