Definition of sooty in English:

sooty

adjective

  • 1Covered with or coloured like soot:

    ‘his olive skin and sooty eyes’
    • ‘A dirty engine with lots of sooty deposits can worsen fuel economy.’
    • ‘During the winter he would spend hours there weighing carbonettes into sacks, a once-white towel wrapped around his head for protection against the sooty dust.’
    • ‘Of course, once they tried to get things out, the roof had collapsed in, covering everything in sooty ashes.’
    • ‘Still, for smokers to light up, there is the small kerosene lamp, its sooty flame guarded by a snipped cigarette packet.’
    • ‘Wall Street was transformed into a scene from the beginning of the last century, perceived as though through a vaseline lens, the effect wrought by sooty air shot though with sunshine.’
    • ‘To think that the offices of a big film company had given way to a sooty kitchen with coal stoves, that washermen did the laundry where the beautiful people had once gathered.’
    • ‘The Jewish internees considered the policy anti-Semitic: their quarters were two abandoned, sooty and leaking railway sheds with five cold water taps and six latrines for 720 men.’
    • ‘What's with this sooty blackness that covers my fruit at harvest?’
    • ‘Trying to mix the colour of the bricks, I produced something that reminded me of strawberries - far from the dark, sooty colour I needed.’
    • ‘For me now, it is the colour of grey, sooty, diesel-smelling exhaust smoke blowing in my face.’
    • ‘In the early morning light, last night's wind-danced lamps will become oily, sooty, little clay bowls as you try to find the garden under the rows of deyas.’
    • ‘What madness drives these sooty pilgrims to wander to and fro on dirty city streets?’
    • ‘Then, when the motor clattered into action, it belched a sooty puff from the exhaust pipe, terrified nearby cats and deafened all around as you drove away.’
    • ‘The rocks are covered with a black sooty layer of manganese oxides but are quite fresh beneath this weathering crust.’
    • ‘On the sooty back window of the bus, someone had drawn a swastika.’
    • ‘Another member of the team once wrote that although Mr Green prepared meals in a blizzard with only a piece of canvas to protect him, his cheerful grin never deserted his sooty face.’
    • ‘Once alighted, we naively succumbed to the temptation of leaning over the railway bridge at Haworth and got a well-deserved faceful of sooty filth along with many others.’
    • ‘The sooty shearwater flies low over deep water about 50 miles out to sea.’
    • ‘But they were delighted and amazed when he turned up safe, but very thin and sooty, after an incredible four weeks stuck inside a neighbour's chimney.’
    • ‘And I am rattled till my screws come loose, I am rattled like, like… the way, when I am in a mood, I attack and scour a sooty pot.’
    1. 1.1 Used in names of birds and other animals that are mainly blackish or brownish black, e.g. sooty tern.
      • ‘Another virus managed to get transferred from a species of monkey called the sooty mangabey, and this is known as HIV - 2.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The precursor to HIV - 2 does not kill sooty mangabeys.’
      • ‘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.’
      black, dark, pitch-dark, black as pitch
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Pronunciation:

sooty

/ˈsʊti/