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adjective, smok·i·er, smok·i·est.
  1. emitting smoke, especially in large amounts.
  2. hazy; darkened or begrimed with smoke.
  3. having the character or appearance of smoke: smoky colors.
  4. pertaining to or suggestive of smoke: a smoky haze.
  5. of a dull or brownish gray; cloudy.
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Origin of smoky

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325; see origin at smoke, -y1
Related formssmok·i·ly, adverbsmok·i·ness, nounun·smok·i·ly, adverbun·smok·i·ness, nounun·smok·y, adjective
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Examples from the Web for smokiness

Historical Examples

  • He resented the smokiness, but hated to wallop him; there was so little to wallop.

    The Boy Scouts Book of Stories


  • It is generally discoverable by the smokiness of the wax, and faintness of the re-impression.

  • It smells of the freshest, purest fragrance, after the smokiness of Harley Street.

    North and South

    Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

  • A vapor, a strange puff of smokiness exploded from it, and disappeared instantly.

    Invaders from the Infinite

    John Wood Campbell

  • His smokiness turned from a soft coal to an anthracite hue, and he went off his feed.

British Dictionary definitions for smokiness


adjective smokier or smokiest
  1. emitting, containing, or resembling smoke
  2. emitting smoke excessively or in the wrong placea smoky fireplace
  3. of or tinged with the colour smokea smoky cat
  4. having the flavour of having been cured by smoking
  5. made dark, dirty, or hazy by smoke
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Derived Formssmokily, adverbsmokiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for smokiness



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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