[ soo t-ee, soo-tee ]
/ ˈsʊt i, ˈsu ti /

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

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British Dictionary definitions for sooty


/ (ˈsʊtɪ) /

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.

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