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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
1275-1325; Middle English; see smoke, -y1
Related forms
smokily, adverb
smokiness, noun
unsmokily, adverb
unsmokiness, noun
unsmoky, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for smoky
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  • Then smoky's feet came free, but the mountaineer did not get up at once.

  • I reckon that pounding and the smoky lanterns went together.

    The Ghost Breaker Paul Dickey
  • She does not admire what she calls the smoky color I bring home from London.

  • The skins of which it was made exhaled a smoky, meaty smell.

    IT and Other Stories Gouverneur Morris
  • Then she departed, leaving the door open for the smoky darkness of the landing to creep into my rooms.

    Woman Magdeleine Marx
British Dictionary definitions for smoky


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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