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sooty

[soo t-ee, soo-tee] /ˈsʊt i, ˈsu ti/
adjective, sootier, sootiest.
1.
covered, blackened, or smirched with soot.
2.
consisting of or resembling soot.
3.
of a black, blackish, or dusky color.
Origin
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English; see soot, -y1
Related forms
sootily, adverb
sootiness, noun
unsooty, adjective
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Examples from the web for sooty
  • The ants cultivate the fungus, turning it into a sooty mold that acts as living cement, reinforcing the structure of their traps.
  • Smoke from hearth fires has coated the bark walls and sago-leaf ceiling, giving the hut a sooty odor.
  • The sooty particles in the atmosphere heat it further.
  • Some coals are particularly smoky, sooty or otherwise undesirable, while others burn cleaner.
  • And then the sooty yellow slowly turned a lush, rippling green.
  • Industrial centers or sooty cities have plenty of dust too, though for different reasons.
  • sooty terns are easily disturbed by human activity, and repeated disturbance may result in permanent abandonment.
  • White forehead extends further back behind the eye than the sooty tern.
  • The sooty mold is a sign that insect pests have attacked the plant.
British Dictionary definitions for sooty

sooty

/ˈsʊtɪ/
adjective sootier, sootiest
1.
covered with soot
2.
resembling or consisting of soot
Derived Forms
sootily, adverb
sootiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sooty
adj.

mid-13c., from soot + -y (2). Related: Sootily; sootiness.

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