Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Very humid and hot.
  • adjective Extremely hot; torrid.
  • adjective Expressing sexual desire.
  • adjective Arousing sexual desire.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Giving forth great or oppressive heat.
  • Very hot and moist; heated, close, stagnant, and heavy: as, a sultry atmosphere; a sultry night.
  • Associated with oppressive heat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Very hot, burning, and oppressive.
  • adjective Very hot and humid, or hot, close, stagnant, and oppressive, as air.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective weather hot and humid
  • adjective very hot and dry; torrid
  • adjective sexually enthralling

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective characterized by oppressive heat and humidity
  • adjective sexually exciting or gratifying

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From obsolete sulter, to swelter, possibly alteration of swelter.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Probably from the verb swelter.

Examples

  • He tells her that, in pitching the show to WNET, he called her "sultry"-"but I said 'smart' also"-and she lights up.

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  • Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia.

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  • Authored by Jacques Polge and Chris Sheldrake, it is described as a sultry floral-oriental fragrance with notes of mandarin, pimento, rose, carnation, coriander, chocolate, sandalwood, incense and patchouli.

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  • Daddy Billy—also known as Reverend Billy, Outlaw Billy, and, on rare occasions, Billy Boi—had taught me how it felt to call a lover “Daddy,” and then infused the word with sultry power.

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  • Daddy Billy—also known as Reverend Billy, Outlaw Billy, and, on rare occasions, Billy Boi—had taught me how it felt to call a lover “Daddy,” and then infused the word with sultry power.

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  • Because her expression could only be called sultry, with a knowing smile curving those pouting, kissable lips, and her eyes, those wonderful golden eyes, half closed as if in arousal.

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  • It was hot and sultry, which is rare in an English June.

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  • Described as sultry and glamorous, Wake never traveled anywhere without her Chanel lipstick and a favorite red, satin pillow.

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  • The Greeks started the whole thing by calling sultry summer weather "Dog Days," blaming it on the brightest star in the sky besides the Sun, Sirius, also known as the

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