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

  • adj. Very humid and hot: sultry July weather.
  • adj. Extremely hot; torrid: the sultry sands of the desert.
  • adj. Expressing or arousing desire: a sultry look; a sultry dance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. hot and humid
  • adj. very hot and dry; torrid
  • adj. sexually enthralling

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

  • adj. characterized by oppressive heat and humidity
  • adj. sexually exciting or gratifying


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.


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