\ 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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Cooking the chicken in the bacon fat imparts it with smoky, salty flavor. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Don’t just throw bacon in; make it count with these 5 recipes," 29 June 2019 The wings arrive on a little clay table grill filled with smoldering Japanese charcoal, infusing them with smoky flavor and keeping them hot. Globe Staff,, "Our food critic ate her way through the Encore Boston casino so you don’t have to," 25 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,, "Homemade harissa sauce sparks ordinary grilled chicken," 19 June 2019 The secret to its intriguing smoky flavor is charring most of the ingredients on a comal, the traditional Mexican griddle pan. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "The Art of Eating Simply," 21 Feb. 2019 That list of chemicals includes creosol (associated with the smoky peat flavor of Scotch whisky), syringol (responsible for clovelike flavors), and vanillin (source of a vanilla-ish sweetness in smoke). Steven Raichlen, New York Times, "Grilling Turns Back to an Ancient Fuel: Wood," 29 June 2018 Since coming into her own as a duchess, Middleton has stuck to a consistent beauty look, relying on a subtle smoky eye and a pink glossy lip, while also wearing her hair either down in loose curls or pulling it back into a low bun. Rachel Lubitz,, "Kate Middleton's Braided Chignon Is Fit For A Summer Bride," 20 June 2019 Tim Kuniskis, head of passenger car brands for Fiat Chrysler, shows how to do a smoky burnout in a Dodge Demon. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Ready, set, drag race: Roadkill Nights returns to Pontiac, adds a day," 20 June 2019 To create his rainbow smoky eye, Charles used the Morphe Live in Color Palette from its Pride Collection. Kaitlyn Frey,, "James Charles Returns to YouTube After Controversy with a Very Special Announcement," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of smoky

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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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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