Soot Definition

so͝ot, so͝ot
A black substance consisting chiefly of carbon particles formed by the incomplete combustion of burning matter.
Webster's New World
To cover, soil, or treat with soot.
Webster's New World

Origin of Soot

  • Old English sōt, from Proto-Germanic *sōtÄ… (“soot"), a derivation of *sitjanÄ… (whence also English sit). Cognate with Old Norse sót, Old Dutch soet and Middle Low German sōt. Compare similar ō-grade formation from the Proto-Indo-European *sed- (“sit") in Old Irish suide (“soot") and Balto-Slavic: Lithuanian súodžiai (“soot"), and Proto-Slavic *sadja (“soot") (Russian са́жа (sáža), Polish and Slovak sadza, Bulgarian са́жда (sážda)).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old English sōt sed- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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