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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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Examples from the Web for sooty
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


adjective sootier, sootiest
covered with soot
resembling or consisting of soot
Derived Forms
sootily, adverb
sootiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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