\ ˈsu̇-tē How to pronounce sooty (audio) , ˈsə-, ˈsü-\
sootier; sootiest

Definition of sooty

1a : of, relating to, or producing soot
b : soiled with soot
2 : of the color of soot

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Other Words from sooty

sootily \ ˈsu̇-​tə-​lē How to pronounce sootily (audio) , ˈsə-​ , ˈsü-​ \ adverb
sootiness \ ˈsu̇-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce sootiness (audio) , ˈsə-​ , ˈsü-​ \ noun

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Gray paint on the side of the building was still sooty and peeling, the sidewalk mottled and black. Los Angeles Times, "Broadway Place’s homeless residents were promised homes. Had the city forgotten them?," 15 Aug. 2019 Fingertips blackened by heating the drug may leave sooty stains on walls. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "7 things to look for in a teen's bedroom that can tell you he or she is doing drugs," 22 July 2019 Next door, in Sunder Nursery, the trust has converted 90 acres (36 hectares) of abandoned land into the sooty capital’s first new park in years, laid out as a classical Persian garden. The Economist, "India’s magnificent stepwells are relics of a nuanced history," 13 July 2019 Researchers followed a group of approximately 60 wild sooty mangabeys, small furry monkeys with light-colored eyelids and long slender arms and legs, in the tropical rainforest of Taï National Park in Ivory Coast. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Anthrax-carrying flies follow monkeys through the forest," 12 July 2019 Working-class neighborhoods in the valley were left to cope with living next to sooty factories, unregulated landfills and polluted waterways. Steven Litt,, "Burning River legacy: Towpath Trail spurs rediscovery of Cuyahoga Valley, erasing east-west divide," 9 June 2019 The sooty air stings throats and wafts into the gleaming modern office buildings in the center of town and into the blocky, Soviet-style apartment towers that sprawl toward the mountains on the city’s edges. Beth Gardiner, National Geographic, "Kids suffer most in one of Earth's most polluted cities," 26 Mar. 2019 The fuel mix was now richer in oxygen, the burn cleaner and less sooty, more powerful. Oliver Morton, WIRED, "The Beauty and Madness of Sending a Man to the Moon," 4 June 2019 For 25-year-old beloved K-pop star Taemin, sooty black shadow diffused on the outer corners of his lids has helped emphasize his signature duality. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why Taemin Won't Apologize For His Androgynous Aesthetic Anymore," 15 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of sooty

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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\ ˈsu̇-tē How to pronounce sooty (audio) , ˈsə-\
sootier; sootiest

Kids Definition of sooty

1 : covered with soot sooty hands
2 : like soot in color a sooty bird

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