sooty

Part of speech: noun

Sootiness.

Part of speech: adjective

Of or like soot.

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Usage examples "sooty":

  1. Then, running to the fireplace, they, one after another, climbed on a chair and put their feet on the sooty crook. - "The Scottish Fairy Book", Elizabeth W. Grierson.
  2. Mr. Beauregard was kind enough to leave us an army of log houses, and his smouldering camp fires, around which a number of sooty negroes were grouped, shivering and forlorn. - "Siege of Washington, D.C.", F. Colburn Adams.
  3. The sky was gloomy, and the shortest streets were choked up with a dingy mist, half thawed, halt frozen, whose heavier particles descended in a shower of sooty atoms, as if all the chimneys in Great Britain had, by one consent, caught fire, and were blazing away to their dear heart's content. - "The Children's Book of Christmas Stories", Various.