Definition of sultry in US English:

sultry

adjective

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

    • ‘It looks wonderful, with its sultry air, more vivid than I can remember ever seeing in a film.’
    • ‘Yet this is where Guns N'Roses veterans Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum find themselves on a sultry summer Saturday in June.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Excellent music for packing on a hot, humid, sultry, summer's night.’
    • ‘The long period of hot, sultry, humid, rainless weather has finally broken this morning, with a long, rumbling storm.’
    • ‘Not used to such humid and sultry conditions, the bears are said to tackle the heat by lying still for hours together.’
    • ‘As his plane moved through the sultry air at eleven thousand feet he reviewed his progress.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Never have I seen someone run so fast on a sultry summer afternoon.’
    • ‘It was quite a change from the cold winters of Canada to the hot, sultry weather of Zanzibar.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Not a leaf, not a blade of grass, stirred in the sultry air.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.

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

/ˈsəltrē//ˈsəltri/