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sultry

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj sultry characterized by oppressive heat and humidity "the summer was sultry and oppressive","the stifling atmosphere","the sulfurous atmosphere preceding a thunderstorm"
    • adj sultry sexually exciting or gratifying "sensual excesses","a sultry look","a sultry dance"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sultry Very hot and humid, or hot, close, stagnant, and oppressive, as air. "When in the sultry glebe I faint,
      Or on the thirsty mountain plant."
    • Sultry Very hot, burning, and oppressive; as, Libya's sultry deserts. "Such as, born beneath the burning sky
      And sultry sun, betwixt the tropics lie."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sultry Giving forth great or oppressive heat.
    • sultry Very hot and moist; heated, close, stagnant, and heavy: as, a sultry atmosphere; a sultry night.
    • sultry Associated with oppressive heat.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Sultry sul′tri sweltering: very hot and oppressive: close. Sultrily.—n. Sultriness
    • adj Sultry : sul′tri, sweltering: very hot and oppressive: close
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Quotations

  • Lord Byron
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    “What men call gallantry, and gods adultery, is much more common where the climate's sultry.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Sweltry
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Another form is sweltry, from root of swelter.

Usage

In literature:

This enthusiasm, this stern thirst for adventure, wilted under the sultry August sun and did not last above one hour.
"Roughing It, Part 2." by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
The room grew calmer and the work was carried on in the sultry heat.
"L'Assommoir" by Emile Zola
One night, following a sultry calm day, he thought that Mercy had heard his unuttered prayer.
"Adela Cathcart, Vol. 2" by George MacDonald
They walked slowly up the hill, between the vine stocks, in the sultry heat of the late afternoon.
"Casanova's Homecoming" by Arthur Schnitzler
The day was sultry, and June in all its power ruled the countryside.
"The Coryston Family" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
A narrow and unfrequented path through the close and sultry canebrake conducts us to a wretched hovel.
"The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII) Old Portraits, Modern Sketches, Personal Sketches and Tributes, Historical Papers" by John Greenleaf Whittier
A narrow and unfrequented path through the close and sultry canebrake conducts us to a wretched hovel.
"The Complete Works of Whittier The Standard Library Edition with a linked Index" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The day had been humid, warm and sultry, and the doors and windows were open.
"The Fortune Hunter" by Louis Joseph Vance
It was hot and sultry, which is rare in an English June.
"Night and Morning, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The night was still and sultry.
"The Cavalier" by George Washington Cable
This day had also been very sultry, especially towards evening.
"Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia" by Thomas Mitchell
The morning of the Fourth of July dawned hot and sultry.
"Spalding's Official Baseball Guide - 1913"
The day, I well remember, was exceedingly sultry.
"The Life of Lord Byron" by John Galt
The month of May had been hotter than usual, and June was sultry.
"The Doctor's Dilemma" by Hesba Stretton
It was hot when we entered lake St Francis, it was sultry now.
"The Narrative of Gordon Sellar Who Emigrated to Canada in 1825" by Gordon Sellar
She sang with a deep sultriness of voice as she walked away with the pan of potatoes.
"Tramping on Life" by Harry Kemp
The night was now fine, but moist and sultry, and misty in the distance.
"Henry Brocken" by Walter J. de la Mare
How they cool the dry and sultry heart!
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
The air was close and sultry, and heavy with the odour of plants and mould.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
One of the great drawbacks to quiet slumber during the sultry hours of the hot summer nights were those intolerable pests, the mosquitoes.
"Three Boys in the Wild North Land" by Egerton Ryerson Young
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In poetry:

I heard the gales upon the height;
And heard each frightened windy rush,
I lay within the sultry night,
Eaves-dropping in the bush.
"The Change" by Leon Gellert
When music sounds, then changest thou
Its silvery to a sultry fire:
Nor will thine envious heart allow
Delight untortured by desire.
"The Dark Angel" by Lionel Pigot Johnson
And when he knew it was summer-time
By the grey dust on the street,
By the lingering hours of daylight,
And the sultry noon-tide heat--
"Sea-Born" by Virna Sheard
All through the sultry sweltering day
The sweat ran down my brow,
The still plains heard my distant strokes
That have been silenced now.
"The Old Chimaeras. Old Receipts" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Her people brought her from the shore
One golden day in sultry June,
And I stood, waiting, at the door,
Praying my eyes might see her soon.
"Sunstroke" by Laurence Hope
Away, away, from the sultry ways
Where the pleasures fall and fade,
To the bannered corn and the meadowed bloom
And the forest's cooling shade!
"Away, Away, From The Sultry Ways" by Freeman Edwin Miller

In news:

The Algerian singer Warda, whose sultry voice and range helped make her one of the giants of Arab song, has died.
All Blogs Talking Politics When Sultry Scott Brown Horn- Dogged Older Women.
Sultry singer and movies galore .
Ballet group provides sultry evening of dance and music at Civic Theatre.
Salma shows off her sultry curves on the beach.
The swashbuckling, sultry-voiced Shrek sidekick gets his own adventure in Puss in Boots.
When you hear sultry vocalist Ursula Knudson wail on "Woman in Sin," it's hard not to imagine a mythic Gypsy woman covered in jewels and scarves, and surrounded by accordion players.
Steamy, glamorous ads, billboards, and web-based trailers have been teasing for weeks about a sultry new TV series called, Scarlet .
Set your alarm for jazz in the morning and hit the pillow to sultry blues.
Sultry color, exotic prints, and bold jewelry.
At a swanky downtown lounge, a sultry brunette sits with her back to the bar.
Tailored shorts are the ticket to looking perfectly put together on sultry summer days.
The pop superstar, 29, Tweeted the brand-new pic -- in which she gives a sultry gaze in a closeup shot -- to her fans on Wednesday.
US Observes Sultry Fourth of July.
Norah Jones Album Sassy, Yet Sultry .
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