\ ˈsmō-kē How to pronounce smoky (audio) \
variants: or less commonly smokey
smokier; smokiest

Definition of smoky

1 : emitting smoke especially in large quantities a smoky fireplace
2a : having the characteristics of or resembling smoke a smoky haze
b : suggestive of smoke especially in flavor or odor
3a : filled with smoke a smoky room
b : made dark or black by or as if by smoke
4 : having a low throaty quality a smoky voice

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Other Words from smoky

smokily \ ˈsmō-​kə-​lē How to pronounce smokily (audio) \ adverb
smokiness \ ˈsmō-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce smokiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of smoky in a Sentence

Her dress was a smoky blue. Her smoky voice drew me in. She gave him a smoky look.
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When Ariel Winter isn't on set playing Alex Dunphy in Modern Family, she's frequently seen in super-glam looks that incorporate bold lips colors, smoky eyes, and full-coverage foundation. Marci Robin, Allure, "Ariel Winter Revealed Her Freckles in the Cutest Makeup-Free Photos," 17 Aug. 2019 Drivers who find themselves in smoky conditions should slow down, turn on their headlights and watch for emergency vehicles, said Jim Karels, state forester and director of the Florida Forest Service. Linda Trischitta,, "Everglades wildfire briefly closes Alligator Alley as fire spreads to 32,000 acres | VIDEO," 25 June 2019 The moisture created a breeding ground for microbes, which turned the leaves into something complex, earthy, smoky, and entirely alluring and sought-after. Erin Booke, Dallas News, "How Dallas is dipping into the world of dark, funky, fermented teas," 26 July 2019 This means that the meat is impressively smoky, while also genuinely spicy from the rub. Nick Kindelsperger,, "The 5 best jerk chicken dishes on Chicago’s South Side," 13 June 2019 Classes are being developed, from how to set a modern farmhouse kitchen table and choose the best window coverings to the proper ways to do hair blowouts and smoky eyes. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Where does J.C. Penney's turnaround stand? It's testing new ideas in Texas," 26 July 2019 Actress Sydney Sweeney plays the part with the help of conventionally beautiful makeup, the kind of makeup I was told growing up would attract men: smoky eyes, lived-in liner, flushed cheeks. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Euphoria's Head Makeup Artist Shares Why You've Never Seen Makeup on Television Like This Before," 20 July 2019 The friendly servers cover the floor attentively and nearly all the little touches are right: crisp home fries are served in a wire basket, Canadian bacon is thick and smoky, spices and condiments sit in housemade trays assembled from wine corks. Michael Mayo,, "All-day breakfast: A critic’s guide to 5 egg-centric new eateries," 5 June 2019 Use a charcoal grill fired with hardwood charcoal and a few wood chips to add a smoky flavor that beautifully complements the harissa. Jeanmarie Brownson, Twin Cities, "Homemade harissa sauce sparks ordinary grilled chicken," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of smoky

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of smoky

: filled with smoke
: having a flavor, taste, or appearance of smoke
: very attractive or sexy


\ ˈsmō-kē How to pronounce smoky (audio) \
smokier; smokiest

Kids Definition of smoky

1 : giving off smoke especially in large amounts smoky stoves
2 : filled with or darkened by smoke The sky was gray and smoky.— Margo Sorenson, Firewatch
3 : having a flavor, taste, or appearance of smoke

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