adj. sul·tri·er, sul·tri·est
a. Very humid and hot: sultry July weather.
b. Extremely hot; torrid: the sultry sands of the desert.
a. Expressing sexual desire: a sultry look.
b. Arousing sexual desire: a sultry dance.
[From obsolete sulter, to swelter, possibly alteration of SWELTER.]
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