unsultry

sultry

[suhl-tree]
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:
1585–95; sult(e)r (variant of swelter) + -y1

sultrily, adverb
sultriness, noun
unsultry, adjective


1. oppressive, stifling, humid.
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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]
 
'sultrily
 
adv
 
'sultriness
 
n

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sultry
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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