\ 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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Hard water causes cloudy water spots on sinks, dishes, silverware, and shower enclosures. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How a Water Softener Works (And Why You Might Want One)," 4 July 2019 Start with the flagship Tragic Hipster New England-style IPA — cloudy and refreshing as a glass of fresh-squeezed hops orange juice. The Know Staff, The Know, "12 under-the-radar breweries that you should be drinking at this summer," 3 July 2019 Wednesday will bring mostly sunny skies with a slight chance of thunderstorms and rain showers in the afternoon, making way for a cloudy evening and a low near 58 degrees, forecasters predict. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Denver Weather: City to get its first 90-degree day on Wednesday, large hail possible in the plains," 26 June 2019 The National Weather Service is predicting a cloudy morning Sunday, with a 20% chance of showers before 11 a.m. Then the clouds should dissipate for a mostly sunny afternoon with a high of 68 degrees., "Portland metro Sunday weather: Chance of showers early and sun in the afternoon," 23 June 2019 Wednesday will be sunny with a high near 86 during the day, and partly cloudy with a low around 68 that night. Jeanne Houck,, "Outdoor events beckon: Take your umbrella," 22 June 2019 But for the next few days, cool, cloudy and perhaps drippy weather is in store for much of San Diego County. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Make room for more June gloom," 20 June 2019 Both the lobster and duck meatball-style skewers are delicious, the latter accompanied by a cloudy purée of oranges—plated, delightfully, to conjure a raw egg yolk, that yakitori staple. Jessica Henderson, The New Yorker, "Maison Yaki’s Cheeky French-Japanese Fusion," 14 June 2019 Yu and team will slow-cook pork and chicken together to make clear, rich broth known as chintan and the cloudy paitan, which is boiled for hours to release bone fats and collagen that create a creamy broth. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "One of the most ridiculous ramens ever is coming to a new ramen shop on Indy's north side," 12 June 2019

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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