smog·​gy ˈsmä-gē How to pronounce smoggy (audio)
smoggier; smoggiest
: characterized by or abounding in smog
a smoggy haze
smoggy freeways

Examples of smoggy in a Sentence

it was hard to see through the smoggy afternoon sky
Recent Examples on the Web One is an orbiter, looking for the best places to find life on Titan in greater detail than before, while the other would place an actual drone into Titan’s atmosphere to explore the smoggy world. John Wenz, Discover Magazine, 27 Sep. 2017 Replacing gas-guzzlers with electric cars may also alleviate smoggy skies over Los Angeles and other urban centers, state leaders hope. Dino Grandoni and Evan Halper, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Aug. 2022 That isn’t the only reason to buy electric, which we were reminded of during a particularly smoggy day last week. New York Times, 23 Mar. 2022 Ten years ago, the sky was more likely to be a smoggy brown-gray at this time of year, stained by pollution from industry and heating. New York Times, 18 Feb. 2022 The air appears remarkably clear in winter, lacking the smoggy haziness that’s common in summer. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 17 Dec. 2021 On the heels of last week's report about pollution in India, today's show takes you to a dangerously smoggy city in Pakistan. CNN, 23 Nov. 2021 In March, China’s environment minister made a surprise visit to Tangshan, a two-hour drive east of Beijing, after the capital experienced smoggy skies during the Two Sessions, the biggest political event of the year. Washington Post, 3 Nov. 2021 The particles also blew east, resulting in smoggy, scarlet sunsets over the Midwest and Northeast. Purbita Saha, Popular Science, 11 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1905, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of smoggy was in 1905

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“Smoggy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


smog·​gy ˈsmäg-ē How to pronounce smoggy (audio)
 also  ˈsmȯg-ē
smoggier; smoggiest
: having a lot of smog
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