overcast; overcasting

Definition of overcast

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 \ ˌō-​vər-​ˈkast How to pronounce ˌō-vər-ˈkast (audio) , ˈō-​vər-​ˌkast \ : darken, overshadow
2 \ ˈō-​vər-​ˌkast How to pronounce ˈō-vər-ˌkast (audio) \ : to sew (raw edges of a seam) with long slanting widely spaced stitches to prevent raveling


over·​cast | \ ˈō-vər-ˌkast How to pronounce overcast (audio) , ˌō-vər-ˈkast\

Definition of overcast (Entry 2 of 3)

: clouded over an overcast day


over·​cast | \ ˈō-vər-ˌkast How to pronounce overcast (audio) \

Definition of overcast (Entry 3 of 3)

: covering especially : a covering of clouds over the sky

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Synonyms & Antonyms for overcast

Synonyms: Verb

becloud, bedim, befog, blacken, blear, blur, cloud, darken, dim, dislimn, fog, fuzz (up), haze, mist, obscure, overcloud, overshadow, shadow, shroud

Synonyms: Adjective

beclouded, clouded, cloudy, dull, hazed, hazy, heavy, lowering (also louring), overclouded

Antonyms: Verb

brighten, illuminate, illumine, light (up), lighten

Antonyms: Adjective

clear, cloudless

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Examples of overcast in a Sentence


an impenetrable fog overcast our view of the harbor


It was an overcast morning. They worked in overcast conditions.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

People think of the First World War as being a muddy, gray, overcast war, but it was fought for ... Eric Johnson, Recode, "How Peter Jackson’s team made World War I footage look new," 15 Dec. 2018 On a hot, overcast Saturday afternoon, Mandile was out on her home course with her father preparing for the tournament. Matt Case, BostonGlobe.com, "New to golf, Winchester’s Mandile likes taking control," 1 June 2018 Its interiors are largely ecru and rust tones; its exteriors are blue-green and overcast. Aja Romano, Vox, "How Suspiria turns the color red into a plot point," 9 Nov. 2018 People withstand months of rain and dreary overcast for a few months of pristine 75-degrees-and-sunny. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "Smoky Seattle summers: Expect more of them, scientists say," 14 Aug. 2018 Scenes of the New York City Pride Parade in June appeared overcast, looking Instagram-ready. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "The best instant camera for the beach," 10 Aug. 2018 The colors signaled optimism and defiance amid the city’s overcast skies. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "Back to the ’80s? No, It’s Spring Fashion," 15 Sep. 2018 Not surprisingly, the day was dreary with a heavy overcast and was accompanied by brisk north winds and some passing sprinkles. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Tom: Can you pinpoint year of cold Fourth of July?," 4 July 2018 Temperatures on the first few days were in the mid-70s to low 80s, most likely because of persistently overcast skies. Greg Porter, Washington Post, "PM Update: Heat advisory issued for Sunday as high temperatures approach the triple digits.," 30 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Star of India slipped from her station at the foot of Broadway into the early morning overcast on her first sailing voyage in 53 years. sandiegouniontribune.com, "July 5, 1976: San Diego celebrates U.S. Bicentennial," 5 July 2018 Meanwhile, a low overcast was streaming northward across the Midwest, and thunderstorms had erupted across southern Illinois. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "April showers to be followed by more cold air," 2 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of overcast


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1536, in the meaning defined above


1637, in the meaning defined above

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

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English Language Learners Definition of overcast

: covered with clouds : darkened by clouds


over·​cast | \ ˈō-vər-ˌkast How to pronounce overcast (audio) \

Kids Definition of overcast

: covered with or darkened by clouds

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