\ 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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The charred corpse of a giant sequoia poked into the smoky haze. Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2020 Young men on ATVs and motorcycles continuously burned rubber, creating a smoky haze. Mark Reynolds, USA TODAY, 23 Oct. 2020 But instead of fire, Stephanie Larson found still-smoldering stumps on her property and the smoky haze left over from the deadly Beachie Creek wildfire. oregonlive, 20 Oct. 2020 Yes, the smoky haze is keeping us from perfection this week, but even so, this weather is still pretty fantastic. Dan Stillman, Washington Post, 16 Sep. 2020 Now more bad news: people are avoiding the smoky skies by choking the highways with private cars. Jeff Mcmahon, Forbes, 29 May 2021 Don’t miss baked macaroni and cheese, golden and gooey; smoky, tender collard greens; inhalable black-eyed peas and rice; and corn muffins. Felicia Gans,, 9 Mar. 2021 The two really complement each other from so many different angles: smoky, rich and meaty meets fruity, crisp, savory and mineral. Esther Mobley,, 2 July 2019 Brush its rich, smoky, flavor onto ribs, or try to use the notes of maple and caramel to bring out the flavor of chicken. Aly Walansky, Forbes, 24 May 2021

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First Known Use of smoky

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Smoky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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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