\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

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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.
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Factors such as regularly being in a windy, smoky, or dry environment, seasonal allergies, certain medications like decongestants, and being in front of a digital screen a lot can contribute, the NEI says). Korin Miller, SELF, "8 Signs You’re Way Overdue for an Eye Exam," 25 Oct. 2018 Her light, shimmery makeup enhanced her fantastical vibes, and included a neutral metallic smoky eye, long, voluminous lashes, and a pink-nude lip with matching blush. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Lily Collins Wore a Braided Crown at the Governors Awards," 19 Nov. 2018 Very dry or smoky air can wick moisture away from your eyes, too. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Is Why Your Eyes Get So Damn Dry—and How to Fix It," 14 Aug. 2018 Copper and peach shadows make a smoky eye much more class-approps. Jennifer Tzeses, Seventeen, "3 Beauty Looks That Aren't Too Extra for Class," 25 July 2018 In the pic, Meghan is wearing her now-trademark sleek chignon, dewy foundation, nude lips, and a subtle smoky eye with thick lashes. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Has Been Doing Her Own Makeup Without You Noticing," 12 July 2018 Once the smoker is rolling, smoke onion for 30 to 40 minutes, until nice and smoky. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "As Galt House gets a makeover, Rivue restaurant goes for local and fresh," 29 May 2018 Sweet and sticky and smoky, these wings are standing at the front of the queue to become cookout regulars all summer long. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "My 100% Hypothetical Fantasy Cookout," 25 May 2018 Baby back ribs licked with a cherry glaze, pinto beans stewed with peaches, smoky brisket heaped atop a Frito pie. San Antonio Express-News, "Two Bros. BBQ Market," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of smoky

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \
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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