\ 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

Other Words from smoky

smokily \ ˈsmō-​kə-​lē How to pronounce smoky (audio) \ adverb
smokiness \ ˈsmō-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce smoky (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.
Recent Examples on the Web The singer paired her dramatic look with plenty of diamond rings, a smoky eye, and a choppy bob with a severe side part. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 21 July 2022 That famous visage graces the cover of the August Allure issue with very long, very blonde hair styled by hairstylist Chris Appleton and a smoky eye blended to perfection by makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 8 July 2022 Stefani accessorized the outfit with a diamond choker necklace and completed the look with a smoky pink eye and her hair styled in a high, braided bun. Stephanie Wenger,, 10 June 2022 As for the rest of the look, Tamron completed it with a smoky eye, nude lip and slicked back hairdo. Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 2 June 2022 Such grills use high heat to cook all manner of meat and sides quickly, and the charcoal adds little in the form of smoky flavor. Sal Vaglica, WSJ, 28 June 2022 Fish soup features local rockfish, specifically its belly, treated like salt cod, and pimenton for rich, smoky flavor. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 24 June 2022 Chipotle Spice– Packs a punch with heat and smoky flavor. Amber Love Bond, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Mezcal, a distilled alcoholic spirit from Mexico with a slightly smoky flavor, is showing up more and more on cocktail menus all over the Phoenix area and in Flagstaff and Tucson. Daniel Gonzalez,, 22 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of smoky

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for smoky


\ 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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