\ˈklau̇-dē \
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 \ adverb
cloudiness \ˈklau̇-​dē-​nəs \ noun

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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Some banks will no doubt reap more fees as HNA unwinds itself, but the outlook after that is cloudy. Andrew Peaple, WSJ, "HNA’s Grounded—and So Is Chinese M&A," 7 Sep. 2018 Make Your Water Safe by: Boiling: If water is cloudy, allow to settle, then skim the clean water above the sediment. Gary Robbins,, "Disaster preparedness: How do you make drinking water safe," 8 July 2018 Thiem stayed with Nadal in the early going on a cloudy and steamy afternoon; the temperature was 77 degrees (24 Celsius), the humidity approached 70 percent. Howard Fendrich, Fox News, "Nadal wins 11th French Open title by beating Thiem in 3 sets," 10 June 2018 With congressional Republicans unable to agree on their own immigration legislation earlier this year—and the prospect of action in Congress even more cloudy after Democrats take control of the House in 2019—Mr. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Federal Court Bars U.S. From Enforcing Trump’s Asylum Ban," 20 Nov. 2018 My backside is numb as our group finally brings a herd of cattle into the pens on a cloudy afternoon. Candice Rainey, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Colorado Ranch Retreat That Gives You a Real Taste of Cowboy Life," 20 July 2018 So the next time her pool started to get cloudy, Lisa tossed a Magic Eraser in the skimmer basket. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "This Grandma Cleaned Her Slimy Green Pool in 24 Hours Using a Single Magic Eraser," 18 July 2018 Monday’s gloomy clouds and chilly rain will disappear, to be replaced by a partly cloudy sky, warm 78 degree temperature, just 57 percent humidity and a light breeze. Katherine Fominykh,, "FAQ: A guide to Tuesday's Capitals victory parade in Washington, D.C.," 11 June 2018 The National Weather Service forecasts partly cloudy skies on Saturday and mostly sunny skies on Sunday. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis weather: Expect some relief from the near-record heat this week, but not much," 28 May 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 \
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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