Meaning of “smoky” in the English Dictionary

"smoky" in British English

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smokier, smokiest also smokey uk /ˈsməʊ.ki/ us /ˈsmoʊ.ki/

C2 If a place is smoky, there is a lot of smoke in it:

a smoky pub/restaurant
a smoky fire

similar to smoke:

a smoky blue colour
This wine has a delicious smoky flavour.

More examples

  • Firefighters use special breathing equipment in smoky buildings.
  • It's very smoky in here - I'm just going out for a breath of fresh air.
  • Your clothes smell after being in a smoky pub.
  • I don't like taking my small children into a smoky environment.
  • The cheese had a smoky flavour.

(Definition of “smoky” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"smoky" in American English

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also smokey us /ˈsmoʊ·ki/

smoky adjective (LIKE SMOKE)

similar to smoke in flavor, appearance, etc.:

The chicken has a nice smoky flavor.

smoky adjective (FILLED WITH SMOKE)

filled with smoke:

a smoky room

(Definition of “smoky” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)