covered, blackened, or smirched with soot.
consisting of or resembling soot.
of a black, blackish, or dusky color.
- soot·i·ly, adverb
- soot·i·ness, noun
- un·soot·y, adjective
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How to use sooty in a sentence
It’s the population of New Yorkers who got one another through that sooty, uncertain time of despair and signed on for anything and everything that might lie ahead.
To the amazement of mission scientists, Voyager 2 sent back images of sooty plumes shooting 5 miles into the air and trailing for hundreds of miles.The Planets with the Giant Diamonds Inside - Issue 102: Hidden Truths | Corey S. Powell | July 7, 2021 | Nautilus
Essential community spaces — a library, Dunbar Grade School, Frissell Memorial Hospital, and churches — were charred to bits, and even the trees that lined the once-bustling streets became sooty figures drooping over a wasteland.Why it took 100 years for America to learn about the Tulsa massacre | Fabiola Cineas | May 30, 2021 | Vox
As intense fires propel dark, sooty aerosols high into the air, they mix with clouds and mostly shield the sun’s energy.
Prevailing theories at the time supposed the sooty shearwaters got lost in the fog.Here’s the real story behind Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’ | Tom McNamara | December 3, 2020 | Popular-Science
The black of her dress was a sooty black, but you would only have called her hair black because there was nothing else to call it.Mushroom Town | Oliver Onions
It was an aged female that spoke; she sat on the ground all clad in a sooty garment.Fifty-Two Stories For Girls | Various
Others, very dusty, came from beneath carpets, and lastly a sooty bundle was dragged down the chimney.Margaret Ogilvy | J. M. Barrie
The “sooty-fox” is a variety of the “Arctic,” distinguished from it only by its colour, which is of a uniform blackish brown.Popular Adventure Tales | Mayne Reid
There are lots of mice in this kitchen—sooty mice, not clean like ours—and I thought I'd try to catch them.The Well-Beloved | Thomas Hardy
British Dictionary definitions for sooty
covered with soot
resembling or consisting of soot
- sootily, adverb
- sootiness, noun
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