\ ˈskī How to pronounce sky (audio) \
plural skies

Definition of sky

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the upper atmosphere or expanse of space that constitutes an apparent great vault or arch over the earth
3a : weather in the upper atmosphere
b : climate temperate English skies— G. G. Coulton


skied or skyed; skying

Definition of sky (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 chiefly British : to throw or toss up : flip
2 : to hang (something, such as a painting) above the line of vision
3 : to hit (a ball) high into the air

intransitive verb

: to jump high sky for a rebound

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Examples of sky in a Sentence

Noun There wasn't a cloud in the sky. Dark clouds moved quickly across the sky. Hailstones suddenly fell out of the sky. The sun was high in the sky. The forecast is for sunny skies tomorrow. a patch of blue sky
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Quietly sailing along the calm waters under a cloudless, late-spring sky in southeastern Alaska, someone onboard spotted a whale breaching. Susan B. Barnes, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Time to Cruise to Alaska Will Surprise You," 30 Jan. 2020 At twilight, under a deep-azure sky, lanterns and backlights illuminate buff stonework framing the golden bustle of diners inside. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Former Big Al's Superstore turned into fried chicken restaurant by 'Top Chef' contestants," 29 Jan. 2020 Under a cloudy sky Tuesday, teams from CPS Energy and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department watched as an old angler tussled on the shore of Calaveras Lake with an unseen catch. Vincent T. Davis,, "CPS Energy and Texas Parks and Wildlife rebuild catfish population at two San Antonio lakes," 29 Jan. 2020 Then, Randy, Leslie, Anika, Susan, Angela and Brandis kneel in the dirt under a sky of wispy, grey clouds. Arizona Republic, "An Arizona couple donated $1 million to help foster children. One year later, they did even more.," 29 Jan. 2020 In Topaz War Relocation Center by Moonlight (1943), the moon—hanging in a melancholy gray-blue sky—casts its light over a handful of low barracks buildings. Alicia Ault, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Japanese Artist Chiura Obata Came to Be an American Great," 29 Jan. 2020 The packaging is also reminiscent of that evening, resembling a fading sunset sky with frosted ombré glass. Thatiana Diaz,, "Kacey Musgraves Tells Us The Real Story Behind Her “Slow Burn” Candle," 12 Feb. 2020 The North Bay was the hottest area, but others also basked under clear blue skies. Anna Bauman,, "Heat wave: Bay Area’s temps break records, soar above 80 degrees," 11 Feb. 2020 Yin is currently staying in a small apartment with a view of blue skies and palm trees. NBC News, "Safe in quarantine in the U.S., worried about family back home in China," 7 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Brazilians then defeated Italy on penalty kicks, Romario converting and Baggio skying Italy’s last attempt, in the final at the Rose Bowl. Frank Dell’apa,, "DaMarcus Beasley: Revolution’s Bruce Arena ‘one of the best coaches, period’," 2 July 2019 Mason also had the highest hit pop-out of the day, skying the ball to short center field. Gary Bedore, kansascity, "Power-hitter Sherron Collins slugs prodigious homers at Mason softball event," 16 June 2018 On two occasions Sterling got in free behind the back line only to sky his efforts over the bar. Avi Creditor,, "WATCH: Man United Puts Man City's EPL Title On Hold With Stunning Comeback," 7 Apr. 2018 Messi shouldered the blame for his team's failure to beat Iceland after skying a penalty kick that would have won the match and secured a top slot for the team. Julia Poe,, "How to Watch France vs Argentina: World Cup Live Stream, TV Channel, Time," 30 June 2018 Should Loftus-Cheek carry his impressive domestic form over to the World Cup this summer, his value could sky rocket, something that will worry Newcastle fans who are well aware of owner Mike Ashley's tendency to be frugal in the transfer market., "Quartet of Premier League Clubs Reportedly Interested in Signing Young Chelsea Star This Summer," 30 May 2018 With two outs, Padres reliever Phil Maton got Bregman to sky a ball about 30 feet in front of the plate to the first base side. Kevin Acee,, "Astros top Padres on walk-off pop-up after Bryan Mitchell shows why he's starting," 7 Apr. 2018 Junior center Trayvon Reed didn't start Wednesday, but the 7-foot-2 big man showed his athleticism getting up and down the court, and skying for a couple alley-oop dunks and multiple blocks. Patrick Brennan,, "Xavier basketball preps for start of NCAA Tournament run against Texas Southern," 15 Mar. 2018 And in the meantime, his price tag will continue to sky rocket, especially given the current market. Avi Creditor,, "Weekend Winners: Liverpool, Barcelona, Asensio Shine Before International Break," 28 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of sky


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1802, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for sky


Middle English, cloud, sky, from Old Norse skȳ cloud; akin to Old English scēo cloud

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The first known use of sky was in the 13th century

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15 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce sky (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sky

: the space over the Earth where the sun, moon, stars, and clouds appear


\ ˈskī How to pronounce sky (audio) \
plural skies

Kids Definition of sky

1 : the stretch of space over the earth
2 : weather entry 1, climate sunny skies

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