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[smoh-kee] /ˈsmoʊ ki/
adjective, smokier, smokiest.
emitting smoke, especially in large amounts.
hazy; darkened or begrimed with smoke.
having the character or appearance of smoke:
smoky colors.
pertaining to or suggestive of smoke:
a smoky haze.
of a dull or brownish gray; cloudy.
Origin of smoky
1275-1325; Middle English; see smoke, -y1
Related forms
smokily, adverb
smokiness, noun
unsmokily, adverb
unsmokiness, noun
unsmoky, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for smoky
  • The wood fuels a brick oven nearby, accounting for the enticing woodsy, smoky aroma.
  • By applying many thin coats of this adapted glaze, he achieved the smoky shadowing he became famous for.
  • As anyone who has walked into a smoky bar can tell you, alcohol and smoking often go hand in hand.
  • Diaries of the preceding days mention smoky air and a red sun at morning and evening.
  • And using chicken stock instead of fish stock guaranteed proper richness to balance wine and the smoky fish.
  • The steaks sizzle over a smoky heat, sending a delicious aroma into the air.
  • Some are crystal clear, others of smoky or colored quartz.
  • Sake is brewed in many styles, ranging from light and fragrant to smoky and full bodied.
  • They sent up an aircraft with infrared mapping capabilities that could see through the fire's smoky cloak and track its movement.
  • Adele, known for her smoky voice and lovelorn lyrics.
British Dictionary definitions for smoky


adjective smokier, smokiest
emitting, containing, or resembling smoke
emitting smoke excessively or in the wrong place: a smoky fireplace
of or tinged with the colour smoke: a smoky cat
having the flavour of having been cured by smoking
made dark, dirty, or hazy by smoke
Derived Forms
smokily, adverb
smokiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for smoky

early 14c., "emitting smoke," from smoke (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "filled with smoke" and meaning "resembling smoke" are from late 14c. Of flavors, from 1540s; of colors, from 1550s. Related: Smokiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for smoky


  1. Something thrown, moving, played, etc, very fast: a number which is a quartet smoker
  2. (also smokeball) A very fast fastball (entry form 1912+, variant 1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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