\ 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

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 At Race Point in Provincetown sightings included a sooty shearwater, 23 common murres, 600 razorbills, 30 black-legged kittiwakes, and 5 Iceland gulls., 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 The American black vulture (Coragyps atratus) are easy to spot with their dark, sooty plumage, bald black heads, and short tails. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Sep. 2021 Firefighters were sooty and exhausted after days of being forced to retreat as the blaze leaped over fire lines. Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2021 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 See More

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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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