\ 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 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 The rest of the buildings downtown were old and sooty. James Lileks, Star Tribune, 23 Apr. 2021 For performances in the past, he's adorned his eyes with bloody scratch-like liner and ultra-sooty smoky eyes. Devon Abelman, Allure, 20 Apr. 2021 On this particular day, a printout from a machine that measures black carbon, called an aethalometer, is dotted with sooty spots—visual clues that scientists can use to help measure local pollution. Lou Del Bello, Wired, 27 Feb. 2021 Back on the tour, Hunt shows the vacant lot attached to the 2006 S. Pulaski property, currently piled with sooty furniture and trash from the fire in the building. Doug George,, 14 Dec. 2020 The most dangerous sooty particles, PM 2.5, are small enough to slip through the body’s defenses, enter the bloodstream, and wreak havoc on our organs. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, 9 Sep. 2020 Scientists involved in the NASA mission said the comet is covered with sooty material dating back to the origin of our solar system 4.6 billion years ago. Tatiana Sanchez,, 12 July 2020 Its nucleus is covered with sooty material dating back to the origin of our solar system 4.6 billion years ago. Marcia Dunn, Anchorage Daily News, 10 July 2020 Now all the freight cars were filled to the top with sooty iron ore, giving Guerin no choice but to climb on top for the ride home. Michael Hardy, Wired, 27 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of sooty

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

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“Sooty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for sooty


\ 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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