Definition of sex appeal in US English:

sex appeal


  • The quality of being attractive in a sexual way.

    ‘she just oozes sex appeal’
    • ‘In all three starring roles, Basinger does not have to apologise for her natural sex appeal.’
    • ‘You are easily attracted by physical appearances and a person's sex appeal.’
    • ‘Lynn used her sex appeal to attract male attention and I could pass off as the sweet, innocent girl.’
    • ‘She may start to use her sex appeal to attract and keep a man by her side.’
    • ‘The supporting actress is often chosen for sex appeal, rather than acting ability.’
    • ‘So when it comes to books and sex appeal it's the same old story: there's one rule for men, another for women.’
    • ‘Much as he admired their music, he was even more taken with their automatic sex appeal.’
    • ‘Straw hats are great summer hats with plenty of sex appeal, but nothing beats the feel of a felt fedora in the cold.’
    • ‘They are movie stars hired to project glamour, sophistication and sex appeal.’
    • ‘Sometimes, certain women characters are included just to add sex appeal to the drama.’
    • ‘It can cause a new mother to doubt her physical attractiveness and sex appeal.’
    • ‘Tracey is also a party girl and is noted for bringing sex appeal to the British art world.’
    • ‘It is there for the express purpose of demonstrating an individual's sex appeal.’
    • ‘With his dark brown eyes and short black hair, he seemed to ooze sex appeal with just a hint of danger.’
    • ‘Mike refrained from taking advantage of his powerful bass skills and undeniable sex appeal.’
    • ‘Some of the players got mad, because they felt we should be judged by our golf ability, not by sex appeal.’
    • ‘They certainly do not perceive age as a barrier to exploiting their femininity or sex appeal.’
    • ‘The result is an album with a whole lot of heart, sex appeal and raucous energy.’
    • ‘The films that work globally consist of sex appeal, thin plots and chase scenes.’
    • ‘In other words, women are making it on their looks alone and men, without the advantage of sex appeal, are left behind.’
    sexiness, seductiveness, sexual attractiveness, desirability, sensuality, sexuality
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sex appeal

/ˈsɛks əˌpil//ˈseks əˌpēl/