\ 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

Examples of sooty in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "26 Hours on a Saharan Freight Train," 27 Apr. 2020 Jamie recalls an Olympic National Park backpacking trip that included a surprising run-in with a sooty grouse. oregonlive, "We’re telling our campfire stories, and we want to hear yours: Peak Northwest podcast," 9 Apr. 2020 In interviews, several courthouse employees listed years-long complaints including diesel or gasoline fumes in the building, leaking windows, mold, and a black sooty discharge that has coated the ceiling near overhead vents. Brian Macquarrie,, "Illnesses spark concerns about workplace hazards at Springfield courthouse," 4 Feb. 2020 Old-timers will tell you the air around Pittsburgh used to be so thick with sooty particles that city workers would change into new shirts at lunch. Sharon Kelly,, "What the petrochemical buildout along the Ohio River means for regional communities and beyond," 6 Jan. 2020 With the transition from heating with dirtier coal to cleaner oil, gas and electricity, sooty buildup on wallpaper was no longer an issue in many households. David Kindy, Smithsonian, "The Accidental Invention of Play-Doh," 18 May 2018 The spacecraft also found that the sooty material currently makes up about 1% of Saturn’s icy rings. Quanta Magazine, "Are Saturn’s Rings Really as Young as the Dinosaurs?," 26 Nov. 2019 Then there is the Polarstern's sooty exhaust—a huge problem for the many MOSAiC scientists studying the Arctic's unusually clean air. Shannon Hall, Science | AAAS, "How to erase a ship—Arctic researchers work to eliminate their vessel’s fingerprints," 13 Nov. 2019 The sooty eyeliner, atomic red hair, and combat boots Stone's been wearing while shooting the film point to punk rock roots. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Emma Stone on Using Fragrance to Get Into Character, and Her Latest Transformation Into Cruella de Vil," 12 Nov. 2019

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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 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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