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sooty

[soo t-ee, soo-tee] /ˈsʊt i, ˈsu ti/
adjective, sootier, sootiest.
1.
covered, blackened, or smirched with soot.
2.
consisting of or resembling soot.
3.
of a black, blackish, or dusky color.
Origin of sooty
1200-1250
Middle English word dating back to 1200-50; See origin at soot, -y1
Related forms
sootily, adverb
sootiness, noun
unsooty, adjective
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Historical Examples
  • Tulp's sooty face took on a more dubious look, if that were possible.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • This is called the sooty Lactarius and is very easily identified.

  • And into what a heaven—a vault as of hell, sooty black, from which soot descended!

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • The ascending air was hot, and had a heavy, sooty, paraffiny smell.

    Youth Joseph Conrad
  • From a house you see a sooty roof, from a ship you see Valhalla.

    Viking Tales Jennie Hall
  • There was about Merlier a smell of death like the smell of sooty smoke.

    Mountain Blood Joseph Hergesheimer
  • He would like to be with her at a sap-boiling, in the sooty shadows.

    Mountain Blood Joseph Hergesheimer
  • I am encircled with squalor, with hunger, rage, and sooty desperation.

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle
  • It was an aged female that spoke; she sat on the ground all clad in a sooty garment.

  • Was it possible that the other denizen of the sooty flue could be Captain de Banyan?

    The Young Lieutenant

    Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for sooty

sooty

/ˈsʊtɪ/
adjective sootier, sootiest
1.
covered with soot
2.
resembling or consisting of soot
Derived Forms
sootily, adverb
sootiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sooty
adj.

mid-13c., from soot + -y (2). Related: Sootily; sootiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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