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 sultry (audio) \ adverb
sultriness \ ˈsəl-​trē-​nəs How to pronounce sultry (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
Recent Examples on the Web Clocking in at three-minutes, Bridge and Mayer deliver sultry guitarwork over a very different sonic environment. Kevin L. Clark, Essence, 10 Apr. 2020 This is the darkest, moodiest, sultry shade of brunette she's ever been before. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, 8 Oct. 2019 Watch Blondie's sultry rendition of the tune below. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 24 July 2019 The showtime line-up featured the Mighty Diamonds, Everton Blender and the sultry superstar singer, Tarrus Riley. Dasun Imanuel, Essence, 8 Jan. 2020 Meanwhile, the main arena shook with the sounds of the group Fortag, led by a sultry lead singer resplendent in a sparkly, Carolina-blue sequined dress that hugged every dazzling curve. The Masked Observer,, 26 Jan. 2018 View this post on Instagram A post shared by Chris Appleton (@chrisappleton1) on Feb 2, 2020 at 5:53pm PST To frame J.Lo's sultry makeup look, celebrity hairstylist Chris Appleton created a bouncy, waist-length blowout worthy of her final hair flip. Thatiana Diaz,, 3 Feb. 2020 The annual vigil at Hong Kong’s Victoria Park near the bustling Causeway Bay shopping district appeared to draw tens of thousands of participants who filled several football fields and held candles in the sultry night air. Washington Post, 5 June 2019 The cover art features a white backdrop with Swae on the left holding three teddy bears and a rose in his mouth which radiates with sultry vibes. Michael Saponara, Billboard, 30 Apr. 2018 See More

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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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“Sultry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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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