\ ˈsu̇-tē , 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, ˈsə-, ˈsü- \ adverb
sootiness \ˈsu̇-tē-nəs, ˈsə-, ˈsü- \ noun

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Fifty floors up, facing east, a pair of large horizontal windows were punched out, and the glass and metal facade above appeared scorched and sooty. John Leland And Luis Ferre-sadurni,, "Art collector, bon vivant dies in Trump Tower home he couldn’t sell," 9 Apr. 2018 Other provisions address the growing cancer risk from toxins by setting out requirements for cleaning sooty protective clothing and gear. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "Firefighters protect us. Who protects them?," 13 July 2018 The air was more polluted in the days before the Clean Air Act of 1970, and the terraces got sooty. Jane Margolies, New York Times, "Terraces to Look At and Linger On," 26 Apr. 2018 The only props that are mimed are those murderous meat pies — everything else, from flagons of ale to gleaming razors to assorted bloody body parts are brandished merrily by the sweaty, sooty-faced cast. Christopher Arnott,, "Terrence Mann Kills It As 'Sweeney Todd' At CT Rep," 26 June 2018 Fifty floors up, facing east, a pair of large horizontal windows were punched out, and the glass and metal facade above appeared scorched and sooty. John Leland And Luis FerrÉ-sadurnÍ, New York Times, "Art Collector and Bon Vivant Dies in Trump Tower Home He Couldn’t Sell," 8 Apr. 2018 His makeup was more punk-inspired this time around, too, with sooty, lived-in black liner. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Taeyong of NCT Opens Up to Allure About the Importance of Hair and Makeup in K-Pop," 16 May 2018 Sightings from Race Point in Provincetown included a mix of lingering winter birds like Pacific loon, Iceland gulls, and snowy owl, along with new spring arrivals like parasitic jaegers, common terns, a roseate tern, and sooty shearwaters., "Bird sightings on Cape Cod," 7 May 2018 The shuttered Wills cigarette factory in Dennistoun was now a high-tech hub, and on the site of his sooty tenement in Anderston stood a five-star hotel. The Economist, "Michael Martin (Lord Martin of Springburn) died on April 29th," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of sooty

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

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\ ˈsu̇-tē , 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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