adjective, sultrier, sultriest.
oppressively hot and close or moist; sweltering: a sultry day.
oppressively hot; emitting great heat: the sultry sun.
characterized by or associated with sweltering heat: sultry work in the fields.
characterized by or arousing passion: sultry eyes.

1585–95; sult(e)r (variant of swelter) + -y1

sultrily, adverb
sultriness, noun
unsultry, adjective

1. oppressive, stifling, humid. Unabridged
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sultry (ˈsʌltrɪ)
adj , -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
[C16: from obsolete sulter to swelter + -y1]

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Word Origin & History

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