Definition of sultry in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsəltrē/

adjective (sultrier, sultriest)

1(Of the air or weather) hot and humid.
Example sentences
  • 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?
humid, close, airless, stifling, oppressive, muggy, sticky, sweltering, tropical, heavy;
informal boiling, roasting
2(Of a person, especially a woman) attractive in a way that suggests a passionate nature.
Example sentences
  • On the DVD cover is a picture of a rather sultry woman in a sensual pose.
  • Has he ever witnessed any sultry housewives or teenage seductresses losing pieces of their bikinis in the water?
  • A flicker of a sultry woman, moist with the warmth of water from the ocean, comes to mind.
passionate, attractive, sensual, sexy, voluptuous, erotic, seductive



Pronunciation: /ˈsəltrəlē/
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.


Pronunciation: /ˈsəltrēnəs/
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.


Late 16th century: from obsolete sulter 'swelter'.

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Syllabification: sul·try

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