\ 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

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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That may be because circumstances are often cloudy, or involve members of Congress, such as calls for Logan charges against 47 senators who warned Iran in 2015 of the weakness of any agreement not approved by Congress. Seth Lipsky, WSJ, "John Kerry, Meet George Logan," 16 Sep. 2018 But for months, Basra residents have turned on their water taps to find cloudy, brownish-yellow water flowing out that is too salty and polluted to be used for washing clothes. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "The violent protests in Iraq, explained," 8 Sep. 2018 However, your urine's color can also indicate an infection; pee that is cloudy, milky, or dark brown could be a sign of a UTI. Amy Capetta, Redbook, "6 Signs of UTI That You'll Hopefully Never Experience," 6 Aug. 2018 Sunday night should be mostly cloudy, and showers and thunderstorms are likely before 1 a.m., forecasters wrote. Emily Sweeney,, "TGIF: Enjoy the weather now, because rain is on the way," 22 June 2018 Here's the seven-day weather forecast, as provided by the weather service: Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 36. Anthony Sorci And Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "Lower foothills residents beware: Cold snap may bring snow to your doorstep tonight," 21 Feb. 2018 To many, the twists and turns across markets reflect the increasingly cloudy outlook facing investors. Akane Otani, WSJ, "Investors on Edge After Rocky Month for Markets," 30 Nov. 2018 Hydro plants can't work without rivers, solar panels are limited in cloudy regions. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Towering Gravity-Based 'Batteries' Are Coming to India," 7 Nov. 2018 The settings for shooting in sunny, cloudy, and indoor environments are simple to figure out at a glance, with symbols like a sun, cloud, and house easily transcending language. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "The best instant camera for the beach," 10 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of cloudy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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