\ˈsmō-kē \
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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from smoky

smokily \ˈsmō-kə-lē \ adverb
smokiness \ˈsmō-kē-nəs \ 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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

The hotel bar features a variety of craft cocktails, such as the Isla Desierta, made with Canadian whiskey, Campari, coconut-ginger syrup, lemon and a spritz of smoky Laphroaig Scotch. Jim Byers,, "Toronto's hotel scene heats up with 4 exciting newcomers," 7 June 2018 One cocktail, the Penicillin, has a float of smoky Scotch. Kara Baskin,, "More restaurants opt to #skipthestraw, hoping patrons will suck it up for the planet’s sake," 7 May 2018 Meghan Markle made her debut as a bride today wearing her signature beauty look—glowing skin, bold brows, smoky eye makeup, and pink lips. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wore a Smoky Eye and Pink Lip For The Royal Wedding," 19 May 2018 Bella wore an exaggerated cat eye, but replaced the classic smoky black shadow with a molten-gold hue, covering her entire lid and tracing her lower lash line as well. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Bella Hadid Wears Glitter Cat Eye to Dior Ball," 23 Jan. 2018 Mixologists at the central bar will soon start mixing palomas with kombucha or topping them with a mango freeze from Gunther's Ice Cream, and Miguel plans to capitalize on mezcal's current popularity by organizing tastings of the smoky liquor. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Taqueria Maya owners open Mexican restaurant with a millennial twist in railyard," 12 July 2018 For moodier eye looks, there’s Punked — a smoky, velvety palette filled with nudes, mauves, and purples. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Smashbox Teamed Up with Influencer Jasmine Sanders to Launch 7 New Mini Eye Palettes," 11 July 2018 In August 2017, Arran members in Mallorca also set off smoky flares at a marina, and threw confetti in the faces of tourists dining nearby. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Radical anti-tourism group in Spain storms buses filled with sightseers to protest 'mass tourism'," 10 July 2018 The triggering incident could range from a natural disaster such as a smoky forest fire to a hacking attack on corporate networks. Hiawatha Bray,, "At Everbridge, tracking bad news is good business," 8 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'smoky.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of smoky

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about smoky

Statistics for smoky

Last Updated

14 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for smoky

The first known use of smoky was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for smoky



English Language Learners Definition of smoky

: filled with smoke

: having a flavor, taste, or appearance of smoke

: very attractive or sexy


\ˈsmō-kē \
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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on smoky

See words that rhyme with smoky

Spanish Central: Translation of smoky

Nglish: Translation of smoky for Spanish Speakers

Comments on smoky

What made you want to look up smoky? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


one that holds something together

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!