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Definition of "sultry" [sul•try]

  • Very humid and hot: sultry July weather. (adjective)
  • Extremely hot; torrid: the sultry sands of the desert. (adjective)
  • Expressing or arousing desire: a sultry look; a sultry dance. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sultry" in a sentence
  • "He tells her that, in pitching the show to WNET, he called her "sultry"-"but I said 'smart' also"-and she lights up."
  • "We enjoyed the cool breezes, and the fresh trout from the river, and pitied our friends in sultry Shemeroon."
  • "Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia."