\ 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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Recent Examples on the Web This is a luscious, sweet-ripe California red that combines in-your-face fruit with a bit of smoky tobacco complexity. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "Summer sipping doesn’t get much better than these five wines under $20," 26 June 2020 The insects are very small—generally from 3 to 7 millimeters long—but so abundant in some areas that their morning mating swarms can look like a dense, smoky haze over the water. John Merwin, Field & Stream, "How to Fish for Trout During the Summer Trico Hatch," 23 June 2020 But one of the most popular bottled libations is the Nita’s Hideaway ($12 for 2) – a smoky, sweet and slightly spicy concoction of pineapple infused mezcal, pineapple juice, lime and habanero honey. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Here are 22 restaurants and bars with to-go cocktails around metro Phoenix," 22 June 2020 So this delightful little island produces a scotch somewhere in between those over the top smoky expressions and those softer versions to the north. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: MLB, MLBPA basically arguing over who's dad would win in a fight," 18 June 2020 A few hours later, this smoker produced a flavorful, smoky brisket with a super tender consistency. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Wednesday," 17 June 2020 Beets, asparagus, eggplant, cauliflower, and fennel come together into a warm, smoky salad when grilled and tossed with lemon juice and zest. Saveur Editors, Saveur, "Vegetarian Recipes For When You Just Don’t Want Meat," 30 July 2018 For those who choose to bring dad in, dine-in specials for him include half-off Ribeye Cascabel with shrimp, roasted corn and mushroom in a smoky Cascabel sauce. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Father's Day 2020: 48 metro Phoenix restaurants with special deals for dine-in and takeout," 15 June 2020 For something more intriguing, try enmoladas ($9), rolled corn tortillas filled with queso fresco in a cloak of dark mole both smoky and sweet. Mike Sutter,, "5 San Antonio Mexican restaurants with great enchiladas to comfort you in these coronavirus times," 4 June 2020

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First Known Use of smoky

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Cite this Entry

“Smoky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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