Stifling, humid and downright oppressive, sultry is an adjective that has everything to do with sweltering heat and a definite need for a tall glass of iced tea.

You know how movies about the Old South always show people wilting in the shade of their front porches, mopping their damp brows? Well that's because of the sultry summer weather. A sultry atmosphere is a thick, almost swampy feeling. And all that heavy heat can certainly get passions stirring — "a sultry look" is one that happens to express steamy desire.

Definitions of sultry
  1. adjective
    exciting in a sensual way; attractive and suggesting hidden passion
    “a sultry look”
    “a sultry dance”
    synonyms: sensual
    extended meanings; especially of psychological heat; marked by intensity or vehemence especially of passion or enthusiasm
  2. adjective
    characterized by oppressive heat and humidity
    “the summer was sultry and oppressive”
    synonyms: stifling, sulfurous, sulphurous
    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
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