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[smoh-kee] /ˈsmoʊ ki/
adjective, smokier, smokiest.
emitting smoke, especially in large amounts.
hazy; darkened or begrimed with smoke.
having the character or appearance of smoke:
smoky colors.
pertaining to or suggestive of smoke:
a smoky haze.
of a dull or brownish gray; cloudy.
Origin of smoky
Middle English word dating back to 1275-1325; See origin at smoke, -y1
Related forms
smokily, adverb
smokiness, noun
unsmokily, adverb
unsmokiness, noun
unsmoky, adjective Unabridged
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adjective smokier, smokiest
emitting, containing, or resembling smoke
emitting smoke excessively or in the wrong place: a smoky fireplace
of or tinged with the colour smoke: a smoky cat
having the flavour of having been cured by smoking
made dark, dirty, or hazy by smoke
Derived Forms
smokily, adverb
smokiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for smoky

early 14c., "emitting smoke," from smoke (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "filled with smoke" and meaning "resembling smoke" are from late 14c. Of flavors, from 1540s; of colors, from 1550s. Related: Smokiness.

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Slang definitions & phrases for smoky

Smokey Bear

n phr,n

A police officer, esp a state highway patrol officer: Keep Don advised for the location of ''Smokies''

[1970s+ Citizens band & truckers; fr the fact that many state highway patrol police wear a broad-brimmed ranger's hat like that worn by the US Forest Service's ursine symbol]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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