[ smoh-kee ]
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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.

  1. having the character or appearance of smoke: smoky colors.

  2. pertaining to or suggestive of smoke: a smoky haze.

  3. of a dull or brownish gray; cloudy.

Origin of smoky

A Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325; see origin at smoke, -y1
  • Also smok·ey .

Other words from smoky

  • smok·i·ly, adverb
  • smok·i·ness, noun
  • un·smok·i·ly, adverb
  • un·smok·i·ness, noun
  • un·smok·y, adjective

Words Nearby smoky Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use smoky in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for smoky


/ (ˈsməʊkɪ) /

adjectivesmokier or smokiest
  1. emitting, containing, or resembling smoke

  2. emitting smoke excessively or in the wrong place: a smoky fireplace

  1. of or tinged with the colour smoke: a smoky cat

  2. having the flavour of having been cured by smoking

  3. made dark, dirty, or hazy by smoke

Derived forms of smoky

  • smokily, adverb
  • smokiness, noun

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