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[smog-ee, smaw-gee] /ˈsmɒg i, ˈsmɔ gi/
adjective, smoggier, smoggiest.
full of or characterized by smog.
Origin of smoggy
1925-30; smog + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for smoggy
  • The city is at its best from early autumn to late spring, when the skies are less smoggy.
  • On smoggy days, you might notice difficulty breathing or trouble seeing objects in the distance.
  • Chances are, you have breathed smoggy air or found yourself stuck in traffic behind a car spewing fumes.
  • They didn't seem to mind the smoggy air in a big city.
  • On a smoggy day, one can inhale millions of particles in a single breath.
  • The reddish-brown color you sometimes see when it is smoggy comes from the nitrogen oxides.
  • They don't seem to mind the smoggy air in a big city.
  • People who now live in smoggy areas will have less eye, nose and throat irritation as smog levels are reduced.
  • In addition, in cities with air quality problems, lowering the ambient temperature reduces the episode of smoggy days.
  • Even healthy people may be affected by the elevated ozone levels if they are active outdoors during smoggy days.
Word Origin and History for smoggy

1905, from smog (n.) + -y (2). Related: Smogginess.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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