Definition of smoky in English:


(also smokey)

adjectivesmokier, smokiest

  • 1Filled with or smelling of smoke.

    ‘a smoky office’
    • ‘The old image of snooker is of seedy, smoky, dimly-lit halls filled with sallow-complexioned men, pint in one hand, cigarette in the other as they wait their turn at the table.’
    • ‘The lights didn't work half the time, the heating broke down, there was trash everywhere and a strange, smoky smell permeated everything.’
    • ‘I seat myself on an old mahogany chair and begin to feel soothed by the sweet, smoky smell of joss stick incense.’
    • ‘Squatters occupy vacant lots in the upscale neighborhood where the Kumars live in Hyderabad, and their campfires give the warm air a smoky smell.’
    • ‘In the club, the air is smoky and smells of burning apricot incense, and there are ladies and men dressed in clothing that bedazzles and confuses me with its glory.’
    • ‘The rank smoky smell recalls the lamp at Uncle Don's lodge on the lake where Jack and I went to swim on hot nights.’
    • ‘After the remains of the satellite had crashed to earth, the village head noticed that the air had a smoky, gunpowdery smell and thought a plane had crashed nearby.’
    • ‘It's also possible that the appeal of smoky rock bars filled with booze and sexual possibilities might be an unbearable temptation.’
    • ‘I smell rather smokey after the pub, and I was hoping I wouldn't.’
    • ‘He smelled a little smoky, but the firefighters hadn't let anyone get near enough to become covered with soot.’
    • ‘In other words, no ventilation system can remove the harmful elements in secondhand smoke from the air - even if the room doesn't smell smoky.’
    • ‘It had the typical incense smoky smell along with a bit of earthy amber, hibiscus, and a hint of patchouli.’
    • ‘She led her into the depths of the boat to a small, rather smoky room which smelled deliciously of stew.’
    • ‘The smoky, oniony smell of the fair already filled my lungs.’
    • ‘As the smoky smell grew stronger, she rushed out of her son's room to investigate.’
    • ‘I felt a rumbling beneath my feet, and smelled a smoky scent in the air.’
    • ‘The bar had a smoky atmosphere, filled with boisterous Alithanians.’
    • ‘The tavern was smoky and filled with quite a few strange creatures.’
    • ‘There's probably more, I'm sure, but I'm tired, and I have to shower and clean off the smell from smoky bars so that I can rest.’
    • ‘CoCo View incinerates its garbage, and the strong smoky smell often permeated the rooms.…’
    smoke-filled, smoggy, hazy, foggy, murky, thick
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    1. 1.1 Producing or obscured by a great deal of smoke.
      ‘smoky factory chimneys’
      • ‘There are people bustling on the market, horses and carts, trams and smokey factories to name but a few.’
      • ‘Chimneys are created to allow smoky air to escape, so unless the flue is closed, warm air escapes, and with it, your heating budget.’
      • ‘Another unforeseen bit of business: yuppies started paying half a million for a condo on the canal, right next to the smoky old factory.’
      • ‘Not just some random, smoky, dirty factory - but a giant plastic bottle factory!’
      • ‘To locals and a growing number of outsiders, Pittsburgh no longer conjures up images of smoky factories turning out millions of tons of steel.’
  • 2Like smoke in colour or appearance.

    ‘her wide smoky eyes’
    • ‘It's very special because the foliage is a lovely smokey brown colour, which contrasts delightfully with the apricot yellow flowers.’
    • ‘I put on a double layer of mascara and a light shadow of smoky black eye shadow and double on the ye liner.’
    • ‘It frames my face perfectly and if I wear a darker shade of lipstick and some smokey eye shadow in it, forget about it.’
    • ‘She painted her lips a dark blood red and put on smoky gray eye shadow.’
    • ‘A young woman, one of the waitresses, brought out a spoon and a bowl filled with a smoky, greenish liquid and placed them in front of Don.’
    • ‘The glossy whiteness, cast with the yellow or red of the darkroom's safelight, begins to stir with a vague smoky shadow.’
    • ‘She was relieved, however, to find that she hadn't thrown out her smokey grey eye shadow.’
    • ‘The dining room is lit with a smoky, red glow that casts their gesturing shadows on the ceiling, and the scene suggests that Amanda interrupted Tom's creative labor.’
    • ‘You need to have that smoky, misty effect: Use dry ice to create the mood.’
    • ‘I drove east, towards my home, but kept looking back in my rear view mirror at the brown, smoky haze filling the sky.’
    • ‘She used a deep black eyeliner and mascara to highlight my eyes and make them stand out, and then applied a smoky grey eye shadow to my eyes.’
    • ‘Her feet kicked up ash with every step and soon there was a smoky haze obscuring her vision.’
    • ‘Black eye shadow had been applied to my eyelids to create a smoky affect, and the whole set of eye make up made my emerald eyes look particularly dark.’
    • ‘Now that I had chance to see her eyes closely I realized that they were not the dark blue I had first thought but a smoky violet colour.’
    • ‘My eyes were surrounded with black eye shadow and eyeliner, giving out a smoky effect.’
    • ‘To focus more attention on your eyes, Espinet recommends using a pencil-thin brush to apply cream eye shadow in smoky grays or warm earth tones to the top and bottom lash lines.’
    • ‘Through the smoky shadows I beheld a terrible sight.’
    • ‘My eyes were shadowed with black eyeliner, and a smoky eye shadow.’
    • ‘She looked very pretty, with smoky dark brown shadow dusted over her lids and her big eyes lined with black pencil, pink gloss having been smacked on her plump lips.’
    • ‘Her blue eyes were emphasized by smoky eye shadow and her lips were full and pouty from the gloss dabbed on them.’
    grey, dark grey, slate grey, sooty, black, dark
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  • 3Having the taste or aroma of smoked food.

    ‘smoky bacon’
    • ‘The vegetables were well cooked and had a good, slightly smoky taste.’
    • ‘The cassoulet is smoky and filling but a bit of a mess.’
    • ‘‘The Scots see the smoky taste of Scotch as an attraction but I think it masks the flavour of the whiskey,’ she said’
    • ‘Sour cream and smoky chipotle peppers in adobo sauce add a complex, fiery layer unique to a traditional party dip.’
    • ‘Yogurt, called ‘curd,’ has a smoky taste from the wood fire it is cooked on.’
    • ‘The dark, caramelised meat fell off the bone at first bite and had a sweet yet smoky taste.’
    • ‘Wind-dried sausages, smoky bacon and salted meats are traditionally made in southwestern China in the last month of the lunar year, and served up on the New Year dinner table.’
    • ‘Often in some of these countries, vanilla beans are dried over fires to speed up the process, giving the vanilla beans a smoky aroma.’
    • ‘I couldn't really detect the bourbon in the barbecue sauce (though it had a sweet, smoky taste), but it did make for some very pleasant dipping.’
    • ‘The taste was smoky and sweet, and slivers of fennel, green onion and cucumber at the bottom of the bowl made for suitably refreshing in-between bites.’
    • ‘It's down-home and never highfalutin, slow-cooked and eaten fast, a sometimes sweet and always smoky feast that fills the gut as it feeds the soul.’
    • ‘Vegetables cooked on the grill develop an irresistible sweet and smoky taste.’
    • ‘If it's winter, there may be a fire pit burning to give the oysters, and our sweat shirts, a smoky aroma.’
    • ‘There is a Provençal dish, fish grilled au fenouil, in which dried fennel stalks are burned under the fish to give it a smoky aroma.’
    • ‘It was served with a gratin of potatoes and cabbage scented with smoky lardoons of bacon and a carafe of outstanding wine from the Juraçon.’
    • ‘It's going to have a week to get the smoky fish smell out of the kitchen.’
    • ‘This dip has a wonderful smoky taste and you may even like to dilute it with a little water to make a dressing for other salads if you like.’
    • ‘The asparagus had a slightly smoky taste, the watercress was appropriately peppery, but Mel thought the queso fresco was too mild to balance its counterparts.’
    • ‘Welsh / Celtic ale was probably sweetened with honey, and - with a smokey taste from the way the barley was kilned - was said to be ‘glutinous, heady and soporific’.’
    • ‘Vanns Spices have also introduced a tan-hued, tea smoked salt, which (not surprisingly) adds a smoky element to food.’