Definition of sooty in English:


Syllabification: soot·y
Pronunciation: /ˈso͝odē

adjective (sootier, sootiest)

1Covered with or colored like soot: the front of the fireplace was blackened and sooty his olive skin and sooty eyes
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  • What's with this sooty blackness that covers my fruit at harvest?
  • Of course, once they tried to get things out, the roof had collapsed in, covering everything in sooty ashes.
  • For me now, it is the colour of grey, sooty, diesel-smelling exhaust smoke blowing in my face.
1.1Used in names of birds and other animals that are mainly blackish or brownish black, e.g., sooty tern.
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  • Got a few lifers for my bird list too, including greater and lesser frigate birds, sooty falcon and olive bee-eater.
  • As the dinghy approaches the shores of North Avon Island, flocks of sooty and noddy terns swirl up and wheel above the dinghy, squawking loudly at our intrusion.
  • On the cliffs above the colonies, we encountered nests of the light-mantled sooty albatross; on the plateau, huge wandering albatross chicks sat like white, fluffy lighthouses.



Pronunciation: /ˈso͝otəlē/
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  • Forget any ideas of Dick Van Dyke cavorting sootily on Victorian rooftops; chimney sweeping is a modern, regulated business with its own trade association and training courses.
  • The movie is set in the harsh, sootily glamorous new Russian business world.
  • I scaled the fence - one of the benefits of hoboing for 19 years is that barbed-wire fences look like screen doors - and sootily rode the predictable, comfortable Metro back to my apartment.


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  • In this activity, biodiesel and some other fuels are tested and compared for sootiness and acidity.
  • The high sootiness of the clay could be just a concentration effect, and the glass droplets made by algae.
  • The sootiness on the bridge of his nose adds to the effect, as many silvers have similar facial masking.

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