sultry


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sul·try

 (sŭl′trē)
adj. sul·tri·er, sul·tri·est
1.
a. Very humid and hot: sultry July weather.
b. Extremely hot; torrid: the sultry sands of the desert.
2.
a. Expressing sexual desire: a sultry look.
b. Arousing sexual desire: a sultry dance.

[From obsolete sulter, to swelter, possibly alteration of swelter.]

sul′tri·ly adv.
sul′tri·ness n.

sultry

(ˈsʌltrɪ)
adj, -trier or -triest
1. (Physical Geography) (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]
ˈsultrily adv
ˈsultriness n

sul•try

(ˈsʌl tri)

adj. -tri•er, -tri•est.
1. oppressively hot and close or humid; sweltering: a sultry day.
2. oppressively hot; emitting great heat: the sultry sun.
3. characterized by or arousing passion: sultry eyes.
[1585–95; sult(e)r (variant of swelter) + -y1]
sul′tri•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.sultry - sexually exciting or gratifying; "sensual excesses"; "a sultry look"; "a sultry dance"
hot - extended meanings; especially of psychological heat; marked by intensity or vehemence especially of passion or enthusiasm; "a hot temper"; "a hot topic"; "a hot new book"; "a hot love affair"; "a hot argument"
2.sultry - characterized by oppressive heat and humidity; "the summer was sultry and oppressive"; "the stifling atmosphere"; "the sulfurous atmosphere preceding a thunderstorm"
hot - used of physical heat; having a high or higher than desirable temperature or giving off heat or feeling or causing a sensation of heat or burning; "hot stove"; "hot water"; "a hot August day"; "a hot stuffy room"; "she's hot and tired"; "a hot forehead"

sultry

adjective
1. humid, close, hot, sticky, stifling, oppressive, stuffy, sweltering, muggy The climax came one sultry August evening.
humid fresh, cool, refreshing, invigorating
2. seductive, sexy (informal), sensual, voluptuous, passionate, erotic, provocative, amorous, come-hither (informal) a dark-haired sultry woman

sultry

adjective
Translations
حار وغائِمعاطِفي، سَريع الغَضَب
dusnývášnivý
lummersensuel
ástríîufullurmollulegur, heitur og rakur
tvankumas
kaislīgskarstasinīgstveicīgs
ateşliboğucu

sultry

[ˈsʌltrɪ] ADJ
1. (= muggy) [day, weather] → bochornoso, sofocante; [heat, air] → sofocante, agobiante
it was hot and sultryhacía bochorno, hacía un calor sofocante
2. (= seductive) [woman] → seductor, sensual
she gave him a sultry looklo miró seductora, lo miró de forma sensual

sultry

[ˈsʌltri] adj [weather, day] → étouffant(e)

sultry

adj weather, atmosphereschwül; womanheißblütig, temperamentvoll; voice, beauty, lookglutvoll

sultry

[ˈsʌltrɪ] adj (weather) → afoso/a, opprimente; (woman, character) → ardente, sensuale

sultry

(ˈsaltri) adjective
1. (of weather) hot but cloudy, and likely to become stormy.
2. (of a person, especially a woman) passionate.
ˈsultriness noun
References in classic literature ?
It was a cloudy, sultry afternoon; the seamen were lazily lounging about the decks, or vacantly gazing over into the lead-colored waters.
Thus was I lost in useless speculation one sultry August evening when old Ben, my body servant, handed me a telegram.
Heaven seems to have made this place on purpose for the repose of weary travellers, who here exchange the tortures of parching thirst, burning sands, and a sultry climate, for the pleasures of shady trees, the refreshment of a clear stream, and the luxury of a cooling breeze.
I would paint her the life and joy of the fire-side circle and the lively summer group; I would follow her through the sultry fields at noon, and hear the low tones of her sweet voice in the moonlit evening walk; I would watch her in all her goodness and charity abroad, and the smiling untiring discharge of domestic duties at home; I would paint her and her dead sister's child happy in their love for one another, and passing whole hours together in picturing the friends whom they had so sadly lost; I would summon before me, once again, those joyous little faces that clustered round her knee, and listen to their merry prattle; I would recall the tones of that clear laugh, and conjure up the sympathising tear that glistened in the soft blue eye.
The heat had been painfully oppressive all day, and it was now a close and sultry night.
It was a close, sultry day: devoid of sunshine, but with a sky too dappled and hazy to threaten rain: and our place of meeting had been fixed at the guide-stone, by the cross-roads.
The rigorous winters and sultry summers, and all the capricious inequalities of temperature prevalent on the Atlantic side of the mountains, are but little felt on their western declivities.
The summer came, breathless and sultry, and even at night there was no coolness to rest one's jaded nerves.
Even at ten o'clock, when the Rostovs got out of their carriage at the chapel, the sultry air, the shouts of hawkers, the light and gay summer clothes of the crowd, the dusty leaves of the trees on the boulevard, the sounds of the band and the white trousers of a battalion marching to parade, the rattling of wheels on the cobblestones, and the brilliant, hot sunshine were all full of that summer languor, that content and discontent with the present, which is most strongly felt on a bright, hot day in town.
There was the bright little water spring, from which we drank when we were weary and thirsty in sultry summer days, still bubbling its way downward to the lake as cheerily as ever.
But, as it happened, scarcely had Phoebe's eyes rested again on the Judge's countenance than all its ugly sternness vanished; and she found herself quite overpowered by the sultry, dog-day heat, as it were, of benevolence, which this excellent man diffused out of his great heart into the surrounding atmosphere,--very much like a serpent, which, as a preliminary to fascination, is said to fill the air with his peculiar odor.
The weather had been somewhat sultry, but not to any degree uncommon in the month of August.