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ˈsʌl trisul·t·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sensual, sultryadjective

    sexually exciting or gratifying

    "sensual excesses"; "a sultry look"; "a sultry dance"

  2. sultry, stifling, sulfurous, sulphurousadjective

    characterized by oppressive heat and humidity

    "the summer was sultry and oppressive"; "the stifling atmosphere"; "the sulfurous atmosphere preceding a thunderstorm"


  1. sultryadjective

    hot and humid

  2. sultryadjective

    very hot and dry; torrid

  3. sultryadjective

    sexually enthralling

  4. Etymology: Probably from the verb swelter.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SULTRYadjective

    Hot without ventilation; hot and close; hot and cloudy.

    Etymology: This is imagined by Stephen Skinner to be corrupted from sulphury, or sweltry.

    It is very sultry and hot. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    The sultry breath
    Of tainted air had cloy’d the jaws of death. George Sandys.

    Such as born beneath the burning sky,
    And sultry sun betwixt the tropicks lie. John Dryden, Æn.

    Our foe advances on us,
    And envies us even Lybia’s sultry desarts. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Then would sultry heats and a burning air have scorched and chapped the earth, and galled the animal tribes in houses or dens. George Cheyne.


  1. sultry

    Sultry refers to a sensual, alluring, or seductive quality, usually associated with a person's appearance, behavior, or atmosphere. It often conveys a smoldering, captivating, or intense demeanor that is typically captivating and appeals to one's desires or passions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sultry

    very hot, burning, and oppressive; as, Libya's sultry deserts

  2. Sultry

    very hot and moist, or hot, close, stagnant, and oppressive, as air

  3. Etymology: [From Sweltry.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sultry

    sul′tri, adj. sweltering: very hot and oppressive: close.—adv. Sul′trily.—n. Sul′triness. [Another form is sweltry, from root of swelter.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sultry in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sultry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of sultry in a Sentence

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(law) the act of substituting of one creditor for another
  • A. subrogation
  • B. callathump
  • C. larceny
  • D. slur

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