soot

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English soot, soote, sote, sot, from Old English sōt[1], from Proto-Germanic *sōtą (soot), from Proto-Indo-European *sed- (to sit). Cognate with dated Dutch zoet (soot), German Low German Soot (soot), Danish sod (soot), Swedish sot (soot), Icelandic sót (soot). Compare similar ō-grade formation the same Proto-Indo-European root in Old Irish suide (soot) and Balto-Slavic: Lithuanian súodžiai (soot), and Proto-Slavic *saďa (soot) (Russian са́жа (sáža), Polish and Slovak sadza, Bulgarian са́жда (sážda)).

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soot (usually uncountable, plural soots)

  1. Fine black or dull brown particles of amorphous carbon and tar, produced by the incomplete combustion of coal, oil etc.

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soot (third-person singular simple present soots, present participle sooting, simple past and past participle sooted)

  1. (transitive) To cover or dress with soot.
    • 1707, J[ohn] Mortimer, The Whole Art of Husbandry; or, The Way of Managing and Improving of Land. [], 2nd edition, London: [] J[ohn] H[umphreys] for H[enry] Mortlock [], and J[onathan] Robinson [], published 1708, OCLC 13320837:
      soot land

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2022), “soot”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
  2. ^ Jespersen, Otto (1909) A Modern English Grammar on Historical Principles (Germanischer Elementar- und Handbücher; 9)‎[1], volume I: Sounds and Spellings, London: George Allen & Unwin, published 1961, § 11.67, page 335.

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Inherited from Old English sōt, from Proto-West Germanic *sōt, from Proto-Germanic *sōtą.

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soot (uncountable)

  1. soot
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  • English: soot
  • Scots: suit, sute
  • Yola: zoot
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old English swōt.

Adjective[edit]

soot

  1. Alternative form of swete