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First published 2001 (DOST Vol. IX).
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(Smuky,) Smoky, Smo(a)kie, Smeikie, adj. [ME and e.m.E. smokie (1310), smoky (Chaucer), smoakie (1577); Smuk(e n.] a. Misty, vaporous; also, fig. b. Begrimed by smoke. —a. 1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. 18.
Siluer droppis on daseis distillant; Quhilk verdour branches ouir the alars ȝet With smoky sence the mystis reflectant
c1590 J. Stewart 220 § 81.
In smokie sops the suawe soft souber air Vrocht vaporit vobs
1604 James VI Tobacco 91/24.
The vapours and exhalations sucked vp by the sunne … yet are the same smoakie vapours turned … into raynes [etc.]
fig. 1604-31 Craig ii 90.
Here teares me droun, there smoky sighs me smore
b. a1605 Montg. Sonn. xxx 13.
He finds thy friendship as it rypis is rotten. The smeikie smeithis cairs not his passit trauel

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