smog·​gy | \ ˈsmä-gē How to pronounce smoggy (audio) , ˈsmȯ- \
smoggier; smoggiest

Definition of smoggy

: 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 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 Various analyses in the spring showed little decline in air pollution, despite the steep decrease in traffic and economic activity—and some areas, like Southern California, remain as smoggy as ever. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, 31 Dec. 2020 The effect of air pollution will be more clearly seen in the next few months, as north India enters its traditionally smoggy winter. Vaishnavi Chandrashekhar, Science | AAAS, 29 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of smoggy

1905, in the meaning defined above

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“Smoggy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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