sooty

adjective

ˈsu̇-tē How to pronounce sooty (audio)
ˈsə-,
ˈsü-
sootier; sootiest
1
a
: of, relating to, or producing soot
b
: soiled with soot
2
: of the color of soot
sootily
ˈsu̇-tə-lē How to pronounce sooty (audio)
ˈsə-
ˈsü-
adverb
sootiness
ˈsu̇-tē-nəs How to pronounce sooty (audio)
ˈsə-
ˈsü-
noun

Examples of sooty in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Black carbon is a dark, sooty byproduct of burning fossil fuels. Jillian Mock, Discover Magazine, 17 Sep. 2019 By the closer — a grim, sooty final reckoning with the events of June 13 — the colourful escapism of the Uphaar’s Bollywood posters suddenly looks half a world away. Mike McCahill, Variety, 17 Jan. 2023 The research team who made this discovery, which was described in the journal Animal Behaviour, studied vervet monkeys and sooty mangabeys in the Ivory Coast's Tai National Park. Jennifer Welsh, Discover Magazine, 9 Nov. 2010 Its borders seem to expand as trash bags begin appearing on the Badris’ property, and shots of swarming flies and sooty skies turn practically malevolent. Vulture, 16 July 2022 The Persian Polymath Avicenna compared the urine of newly pregnant women to chickpea water, which turned red in the later stages and a black, sooty color after childbirth. Holly Barker, Discover Magazine, 14 July 2022 Carbon condenses into sooty dust in the rapidly whirling wind, which glows in infrared light that is invisible to the human eye. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 12 Oct. 2022 At Race Point in Provincetown sightings included a sooty shearwater, 23 common murres, 600 razorbills, 30 black-legged kittiwakes, and 5 Iceland gulls. BostonGlobe.com, 22 Dec. 2021 This is a novel of warrenlike buildings, sooty doors, small rooms that smell of mice and leather. James Parker, The Atlantic, 19 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of sooty was in the 13th century

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“Sooty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sooty. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

sooty

adjective
ˈsu̇t-ē How to pronounce sooty (audio)
ˈsət-,
ˈsüt-
sootier; sootiest
1
a
: of, relating to, or producing soot
sooty fires
b
: soiled with soot
sooty buildings
2
: of the color of soot
sooty birds
sootiness noun

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