Definitions

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  • n. The state or property of being sooty

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being sooty; fuliginousness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or property of being sooty.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state of being dirty with soot

Etymologies

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Examples

  • He was not so dramatic a painter as Dosso, and in addition he had certain mannerisms or earmarks, such as sootiness in his flesh tints and brightness in his yellows and greens, with dulness in his reds.

    A Text-Book of the History of Painting

  • Check out Trevor Little's handsome photo of the power-washing of Manhattan's 188 Suffolk Street, revealing the deep sootiness of New York's old buildings.

    Boing Boing

  • He pointed to a sootiness not far below the north pole, as it hove in sight.

    The Stars Are Also Fire

  • He huffed off, like an ancient steam locomotive in weight and noise and sootiness.

    The Earth Book of Stormgate

  • He is jet-black, or rather, I should say, wine-black, his complexion, like that of others of my darkest men, having a sort of rich, clear depth, without a trace of sootiness, and to my eye very handsome.

    The Colored Regulars in the United States Army

  • He is jet-black, or rather, I should say, _wine-black_; his complexion, like that of others of my darkest men, having a sort of rich, clear depth, without a trace of sootiness, and to my eye very handsome.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 87, January, 1865

  • His Mary -- and this it was that would make a test so violent -- his Mary was his Mary, and well he knew, and loved, the little heart so delicately white as instantly to discover the finest specks of sootiness -- if specks there were -- in any breeze that might cross its surface.

    Once Aboard the Lugger

  • But at once the mental picture of herself, making inaudible carping strictures on her companion's sootiness and, all unconscious, lifting to observe it a critical countenance as swart as his own -- the incongruity smote her deliciously, irresistibly!

    The Bent Twig

  • Ciccio opened his tawny-yellowish eyes, that seemed to have been put in with a dirty finger, as the saying goes, owing to the sootiness of the lashes and brows.

    The Lost Girl

  • Over the parapet showed quaint and fanciful little buildings, which I supposed to be booths or shops, beset with painted and gilded vanes and spirelets. the stone was a little weathered but showed no marks of the grimy sootiness which I was used to on every London building more than a year old.

    News from Nowhere

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