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sultry

[suhl-tree] /ˈsʌl tri/
adjective, sultrier, sultriest.
1.
oppressively hot and close or moist; sweltering:
a sultry day.
2.
oppressively hot; emitting great heat:
the sultry sun.
3.
characterized by or associated with sweltering heat:
sultry work in the fields.
4.
characterized by or arousing passion:
sultry eyes.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; sult(e)r (variant of swelter) + -y1
Related forms
sultrily, adverb
sultriness, noun
unsultry, adjective
Synonyms
1. oppressive, stifling, humid.
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Examples for sultriness
  • Much of the cast seems to have been selected for its heavy-lidded sultriness.
  • And when she started singing and half-preaching about lust, she gave jam-band music a quality it rarely has: sultriness.
  • These citations clearly indicate the character of this peculiar sultriness.
  • The storm was preceded by darkness and by an oppressive sultriness.
British Dictionary definitions for sultriness

sultry

/ˈsʌltrɪ/
adjective -trier, -triest
1.
(of weather or climate) oppressively hot and humid
2.
characterized by or emitting oppressive heat
3.
displaying or suggesting passion; sensual sultry eyes
Derived Forms
sultrily, adverb
sultriness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from obsolete sulter to swelter + -y1
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Word Origin and History for sultriness

sultry

adj.

1590s, "oppressively hot, close and moist" (of weather), from obsolete verb sulter "to swelter" (1580s), alteration of swelter. Figurative sense of "hot with lust" is attested from 1704; of women, "lascivious, sensual, arousing desire" it is recorded from 1940.

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