Definition of sultry in English:
adjective (sultrier, sultriest)
1(Of the air or weather) hot and humid.
- As his plane moved through the sultry air at eleven thousand feet he reviewed his progress.
- It was a welcome relief from the sultry weather conditions for people as Chandigarh and the adjoining areas had a low to moderate rainfall today.
- So what's the next best option to escape from the sultry weather?
2(Of a person, especially a woman) attractive in a way that suggests a passionate nature.
- It's impossible to imagine her as the girl next door or a sultry temptress, so she often ends up playing the sexless totty, rather than the heroine.
- She shot to fame as a sultry seductress in Desperate Housewives.
- She reinvented herself from cute girl-next-door to sultry diva.
late 16th century: from obsolete sulter 'swelter'.
- Example sentences
- Blue For The Most is a beguiling blend of trip-hop, pop and folk, swinging sultrily, with the sort of confidence that sets this debut apart.
- I was quite surprised to see a scantily clad mannequin reclining sultrily under the covers.
- And wearing a knowing smile, Jennie walked sultrily over to him, waving a fan of peacock feathers.
- Example sentences
- Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla, who died in 1992, created the ‘nuevo tango’, a music that mixes the sultriness of tango forms with the sophistication of classical techniques.
- Old Chloe was trying to be a sex kitten or something, but as The Hack observed she had ‘all the sultriness of a lukewarm washcloth.’
- There's an impossible, unreasonable glamour to the stars of the past; the hauteur of Dietrich, the sultriness of Bacall, the mystique of Garbo.
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