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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 of sultry
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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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 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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