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[soo t-ee, soo-tee] /ˈsʊt i, ˈsu ti/
adjective, sootier, sootiest.
covered, blackened, or smirched with soot.
consisting of or resembling soot.
of a black, blackish, or dusky color.
Origin of sooty
Middle English word dating back to 1200-50; See origin at soot, -y1
Related forms
sootily, adverb
sootiness, noun
unsooty, adjective Unabridged
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  • They asked which was his inn, and gazed foolishly at the sooty flue-branchings of the Pipes.

    Back o' the Moon Oliver Onions
  • There was about Merlier a smell of death like the smell of sooty smoke.

    Mountain Blood Joseph Hergesheimer
  • Aye, it's worse where there's nown, but on yer oath now d'ye think sooty Ann washed her han's?

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

    Mountain Blood Joseph Hergesheimer
  • All this while the sooty bundle was lying on the brick hearth at the feet of the startled Corner House girls.

  • I am encircled with squalor, with hunger, rage, and sooty desperation.

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle
  • It was highly fitting for sooty little Tom, seeing he had to turn into something, to become a Water Baby.

    Roof and Meadow Dallas Lore Sharp
  • And into what a heaven—a vault as of hell, sooty black, from which soot descended!

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • He came out down the passage, unwashed and sooty, straight from his work.

    One of Life's Slaves Jonas Lauritz Idemil Lie
  • The ascending air was hot, and had a heavy, sooty, paraffiny smell.

    Youth Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for sooty


adjective sootier, sootiest
covered with soot
resembling or consisting of soot
Derived Forms
sootily, adverb
sootiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sooty

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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