smoky

adjective
\ 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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Bold earrings by Ana Khouri and a smoky eye completed her look. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Caitriona Balfe Teases Her Outlander Co-Star Sam Heughan About His Bowtie," 26 Feb. 2019 To add even more drama to her look, the nominee went for a whispy updo, bold lip, and dark, smoky eyes. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Melissa McCarthy Stands Out in a Stunning Jumpsuit and Cape on the Oscars Red Carpet," 25 Feb. 2019 The paintings first started in the 1800s when women in the village painted floral displays to cover up the soot caused by smoky stoves. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 2019 In a 1999 bottle, the mother rock reveals herself in a smoky minerality that lingers on the palate for minutes. Christopher Ross, WSJ, "The Hidden Valley in the Italian Alps Where Winemakers Are Working Against Nature," 15 Feb. 2019 Her fellow KKW Beauty collaborator and long-time makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic, gave her a smoky eye and nude lip using her namesake cosmetics brand. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Wears the Sexiest Vintage Versace Dress to the amFAR Gala," 8 Feb. 2019 Per the photos, Janel opted for black pants and a black bustier paired with a smoky eye. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "The "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" Cast Reunited at Lana Condor's "Deadly Class" Premiere," 4 Jan. 2019 The result is a combustible blend, both sweet and smoky, that juxtaposes the spirit of the Americas with a label that’s 100 percent made in Italy. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Can Liqueurs Be the Next Big Thing in Food-Cocktail Pairings?," 14 Jan. 2019 Meanwhile, California's largest wildfire of the year, the County Fire, could grow more active and smoky as higher temperatures, lower humidities and stronger winds return to Yolo and Napa counties, Cal Fire said. Kellen Browning, sacbee, "Firefighters preparing for greater activity in Klamathon, County blazes," 7 July 2018

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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

smoky

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of smoky

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

smoky

adjective
\ 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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