See more synonyms for smoky on Thesaurus.com adjective, smok·i·er, smok·i·est.
- 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
Middle EnglishRelated formssmok·i·ly, adverbsmok·i·ness, nounun·smok·i·ly, adverbun·smok·i·ness, nounun·smok·y, adjective
word dating back to 1275–1325;
see origin at smoke
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Related Words for smokinessgloom
Examples from the Web for smokiness
Historical Examples of smokiness
He resented the smokiness, but hated to wallop him; there was so little to wallop.
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.
A vapor, a strange puff of smokiness exploded from it, and disappeared instantly.
His smokiness turned from a soft coal to an anthracite hue, and he went off his feed.
British Dictionary definitions for smokiness
Derived Formssmokily, adverbsmokiness, noun adjective smokier or smokiest
- emitting, containing, or resembling smoke
- emitting smoke excessively or in the wrong placea smoky fireplace
- of or tinged with the colour smokea smoky cat
- having the flavour of having been cured by smoking
- made dark, dirty, or hazy by smoke
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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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