adjective sul·try \ˈsəl-trē\

: very hot and humid

: attractive in a way that suggests or causes feelings of sexual desire


Full Definition of SULTRY

a :  very hot and humid :  sweltering <a sultry day>
b :  burning hot :  torrid <a sultry sun>
a :  hot with passion or anger
b :  exciting or capable of exciting strong sexual desire <sultry glances>
sul·tri·ly \-trə-lē\ adverb
sul·tri·ness \-trē-nəs\ noun

Examples of SULTRY

  1. She looked at him with a sultry glance.
  2. an actress with a sultry voice
  3. In the one Manet Stephen owned, Young Woman Reclining in Spanish Costume (1862–1863), the plump young model provokes us with her sultry gaze, her awkward semi-recumbent position, her casually defiant cross-dressing in a male torero's shiny trousers, and the come-hither implication of her highlighted hands … —John Updike, New York Review of Books, 5 Oct. 2006

Origin of SULTRY

obsolete English sulter to swelter, alteration of English swelter
First Known Use: 1594

Other Climate/Meteorology Terms

monsoon, occlusion, ozone, rime, squall, zephyr
SULTRINESS Defined for Kids


adjective sul·try \ˈsəl-trē\

Definition of SULTRY for Kids

:  very hot and humid <sultry summer weather>


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