Definition of sultry in English:

sultry

adjective

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

    • ‘If your summers get really sultry, your peppers will appreciate a heavy mulch after the spring season.’
    • ‘It was summer, the air sultry and heavy with the approaching deluge.’
    • ‘As his plane moved through the sultry air at eleven thousand feet he reviewed his progress.’
    • ‘One fears for other encounters between the police and individuals in crisis in the coming hot and sultry summer weather.’
    • ‘From the sultry weather of Mumbai, the players had travelled to the Capital where dry heat awaited them.’
    • ‘Samoa's climate is sultry, alternately sunny and rainy, but always hot and humid.’
    • ‘Not used to such humid and sultry conditions, the bears are said to tackle the heat by lying still for hours together.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It looks wonderful, with its sultry air, more vivid than I can remember ever seeing in a film.’
    • ‘It was quite a change from the cold winters of Canada to the hot, sultry weather of Zanzibar.’
    • ‘The long period of hot, sultry, humid, rainless weather has finally broken this morning, with a long, rumbling storm.’
    • ‘Excellent music for packing on a hot, humid, sultry, summer's night.’
    • ‘Our current approach is to prevent the disease during the sultry, humid summer.’
    • ‘Not a leaf, not a blade of grass, stirred in the sultry air.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So what's the next best option to escape from the sultry weather?’
    • ‘After almost a month of sultry weather most places of Bangladesh were showered with moderate rainfalls in the last couple of days.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yet this is where Guns N'Roses veterans Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum find themselves on a sultry summer Saturday in June.’
    humid, close, airless, stuffy, stifling, suffocating, oppressive, muggy, sticky, sweltering, tropical, torrid, steamy, heavy
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  • 2(of a person, especially a woman) attractive in a way that suggests a passionate nature.

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

/ˈsəltri//ˈsəltrē/