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[soo t-ee, soo-tee] /ˈsʊt i, ˈsu ti/
adjective, sootier, sootiest.
covered, blackened, or smirched with soot.
consisting of or resembling soot.
of a black, blackish, or dusky color.
Origin of sooty
1200-50; Middle English; see soot, -y1
Related forms
sootily, adverb
sootiness, noun
unsooty, adjective Unabridged
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  • They asked which was his inn, and gazed foolishly at the sooty flue-branchings of the Pipes.

    Back o' the Moon Oliver Onions
  • And into what a heaven—a vault as of hell, sooty black, from which soot descended!

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • Aye, it's worse where there's nown, but on yer oath now d'ye think sooty Ann washed her han's?

  • The ascending air was hot, and had a heavy, sooty, paraffiny smell.

    Youth Joseph Conrad
  • All this while the sooty bundle was lying on the brick hearth at the feet of the startled Corner House girls.

  • There was about Merlier a smell of death like the smell of sooty smoke.

    Mountain Blood Joseph Hergesheimer
  • It was highly fitting for sooty little Tom, seeing he had to turn into something, to become a Water Baby.

    Roof and Meadow Dallas Lore Sharp
  • He would like to be with her at a sap-boiling, in the sooty shadows.

    Mountain Blood Joseph Hergesheimer
  • He came out down the passage, unwashed and sooty, straight from his work.

    One of Life's Slaves Jonas Lauritz Idemil Lie
  • I am encircled with squalor, with hunger, rage, and sooty desperation.

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle
British Dictionary definitions for sooty


adjective sootier, sootiest
covered with soot
resembling or consisting of soot
Derived Forms
sootily, adverb
sootiness, 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
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