sul·​try | \ ˈsəl-trē How to pronounce sultry (audio) \
sultrier; sultriest

Definition of sultry

1a : very hot and humid : sweltering a sultry day
b : burning hot : torrid a sultry sun
2a : hot with passion or anger
b : exciting or capable of exciting strong sexual desire sultry glances

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Other Words from sultry

sultrily \ ˈsəl-​trə-​lē How to pronounce sultrily (audio) \ adverb
sultriness \ ˈsəl-​trē-​nəs How to pronounce sultriness (audio) \ noun

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Examples of sultry in a Sentence

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 As the fireflies entertain humans all summer long with a magical light show, they are actually cruising the sultry nights in search of love. "Male fireflies fly around flashing their advertisement," says evolutionary ecologist Sara Lewis of Tufts, one of the authors of the study, which appeared in the journal Science recently. — Betsy Mason, Orlando Sentinel, 22 July 2001 In an age when the gangsta rapper is king and pubescent boy and girl groups rule the charts with a tough … version of adolescent bubble-gum pop, Toni Braxton is an anomaly. Her sultry good looks, rich, husky contralto and ability to deliver a line with such mature conviction make her seem older, more experienced than her 26 years. — Gordon Chambers, Essence, April 1994 She looked at him with a sultry glance. an actress with a sultry voice
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Recent Examples on the Web Quick with a double entendre fitting of Mae West and equipped with an apparent army of interns, Morgan has secured a legacy in the annals of reality TV for her unwavering, sultry swagger. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "'Real Housewives' star Sonja Morgan on Bethenny Frankel's exit, friendship and #Ramonja," 17 Jan. 2020 Nighttime fragrances are the sultry ones of the bunch, better suited to a wine bar than an office. Glamour Beauty Editors, Glamour, "Shop All the Glamour Beauty Awards Readers’ Choice Skin-Care Nominees," 15 Jan. 2020 Growing up in a small fishing village in France near the coast of Brittany, Julien Dossena, the 37-year-old creative director of Paco Rabanne, spent hours sketching speedboats, whales, medieval knights and sultry female superheroes. Lindsay Talbot, New York Times, "The Designer Updating Space-Age Cool for Today," 9 Oct. 2019 The singers took to Twitter to share teasers about their upcoming performance, each sharing a sultry picture of the other. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Demi Lovato to perform national anthem at Super Bowl LIV in Miami," 16 Jan. 2020 The release of the sultry single, that sonically doesn’t stray far away from Khalid’s other sounds, includes a lyric video that features blurry visuals of cars cruising the streets. Sydney Scott, Essence, "Megan Thee Stallion & Normani, Drake & Future Along with Summer Walker & Usher Give Us Collaborations We're Streaming," 10 Jan. 2020 Ozuna brings a pop of color right out the gate while the rest of the gang comes through smooth and sultry over the familiar rhythm. Kat Bein, Billboard, "DJ Snake Links With Ozuna, Nicky Jam, Natti Natasha, Darell & Sech For 'Loco Contigo' Remix: Listen," 27 Dec. 2019 Like the rest of the Warehouse, the design pulls from both the Art Deco period and the sultry side of the ‘70s and ‘80s, a time when the building served as a recording studio. Juliana Shallcross, Condé Nast Traveler, "Soho Warehouse Review: First In," 11 Oct. 2019 Barnard, 63, was in the company of a sultry young brunette. oregonlive, "The tragic, redemptive journey of one human heart," 5 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of sultry

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for sultry

obsolete English sulter to swelter, alteration of English swelter

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The first known use of sultry was in 1594

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12 Feb 2020

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“Sultry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sultry

: very hot and humid
: attractive in a way that suggests or causes feelings of sexual desire


sul·​try | \ ˈsəl-trē How to pronounce sultry (audio) \
sultrier; sultriest

Kids Definition of sultry

: very hot and humid sultry summer weather

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