\ ˈklau̇-dē How to pronounce cloudy (audio) \
cloudier; cloudiest

Definition of cloudy

1 : of, relating to, or resembling cloud cloudy smoke
2 : darkened by gloom or anxiety a cloudy mood
3a : overcast with clouds cloudy weather
b : having a cloudy sky a cloudy day
4 : obscure in meaning cloudy issues also : uncertain as to fact or outcome a cloudy future
5 : dimmed or dulled as if by clouds a cloudy mirror
6 : uneven in color or texture
7 : having visible material in suspension : murky a cloudy liquid

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Other Words from cloudy

cloudily \ ˈklau̇-​də-​lē How to pronounce cloudily (audio) \ adverb
cloudiness \ ˈklau̇-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce cloudiness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for cloudy


muddy, riley, roiled, turbid


clear, crystal clear, crystalline

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Examples of cloudy in a Sentence

Tomorrow will be cloudy and cold. the water coming out of the faucet was unusually cloudy

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In the background of the portrait, Philipps has painted cloudy grey skies and the Salisbury Crags cliffs, which are located in Holyrood Park near the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Unveiled a Regal New Portrait of Herself at the Palace of Holyroodhouse," 30 Nov. 2018 The evening wore on, and eventually guests wandered out of Bergdorf’s, into the cloudy night that was perfectly on theme. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Brandon Maxwell and Linda Fargo Celebrate All-Black Everything at the Launch of Noir at Bergdorf Goodman," 7 Sep. 2018 Expect showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 1p.m. Rainy weather will likely continue through 4pm before relenting into a partly cloudy, brisk and windy night. Hanna Krueger,, "Showers and thunderstorms likely throughout the day," 22 Apr. 2018 The economic outlook remains cloudy in other regions, too. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "Strong Dollar Casts Shadow Over Stock Market Rally," 12 Feb. 2019 Wednesday night will be mostly cloudy with a low around 48. Sarah Brookbank,, "Cincinnati weather: Summer-like weather, thunderstorms predicted this weekend," 10 Apr. 2018 If trails aren’t lighted and the sky is cloudy, there are extra-strength headlamps that kick out enough light to illuminate a trail. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "A Winter Workout With Only Moonlight to Guide Him," 22 Dec. 2018 Otherwise, skies are partly cloudy as lows reach the 60s to near 70 downtown. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Humidity to slowly return this week, but no extreme heat and low rain chances," 9 July 2018 Thursday night should be cloudy, with a low of about 77 degrees. Colin Campbell,, "After hot Fourth of July, rain, cooler temperatures in the forecast for Baltimore area," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of cloudy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cloudy was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of cloudy

: having many clouds in the sky : covered with clouds
: not clean or clear


\ ˈklau̇-dē How to pronounce cloudy (audio) \
cloudier; cloudiest

Kids Definition of cloudy

1 : covered over by clouds a cloudy sky
2 : not clear a cloudy liquid

Other Words from cloudy

cloudiness noun

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