noun \ˈskī\

: the space over the Earth where the sun, moon, stars, and clouds appear

plural skies

Full Definition of SKY

:  the upper atmosphere or expanse of space that constitutes an apparent great vault or arch over the earth
:  heaven 2
a :  weather in the upper atmosphere
b :  climate <temperate English skies — G. G. Coulton>

Examples of SKY

  1. There wasn't a cloud in the sky.
  2. Dark clouds moved quickly across the sky.
  3. Hailstones suddenly fell out of the sky.
  4. The sun was high in the sky.
  5. The forecast is for sunny skies tomorrow.
  6. a patch of blue sky

Origin of SKY

Middle English, cloud, sky, from Old Norse skȳ cloud; akin to Old English scēo cloud
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with SKY


skied or skyedsky·ing

Definition of SKY

transitive verb
chiefly British :  to throw or toss up :  flip
:  to hang (as a painting) above the line of vision
:  to hit (a ball) high into the air
intransitive verb
:  to jump high <sky for a rebound>

First Known Use of SKY

SKY Defined for Kids


noun \ˈskī\
plural skies

Definition of SKY for Kids

:  the stretch of space over the earth
:  1weather, climate <sunny skies>

Word History of SKY

English owes a number of words to Old Norse, the language of the Viking raiders and settlers who came to England in the eighth to tenth centuries. The word sky, for example, though it dates to the Middle Ages, has its nearest relatives in modern Scandinavian languages (Danish and Swedish sky, cloud) rather than in Old English. Other common words borrowed from Old Norse are crawl, egg, kid, leg, root, seem, take, wing, and wrong.
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