[soo t-ee, soo-tee]

adjective, soot·i·er, soot·i·est.

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 formssoot·i·ly, adverbsoot·i·ness, nounun·soot·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sooty

Historical Examples of sooty

  • 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.


    Joseph Conrad

  • From a house you see a sooty roof, from a ship you see Valhalla.

    Viking Tales

    Jennie Hall

British Dictionary definitions for sooty


adjective sootier or sootiest

covered with soot
resembling or consisting of soot
Derived Formssootily, adverbsootiness, 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