\ 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 This star is located in Ursa Minor (aka the Little Dipper), and always holds the same position in the sky. Navigating by the stars is also fun to learn and fun to do. Gary Garth, USA TODAY, "Need a social distancing-friendly activity? Use this time to improve your outdoor skills," 22 Mar. 2020 Restaurants were still open, and one kite hung in the sky. Anastasia Edel, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal," 21 Mar. 2020 Another said that waiting there, with no light in the sky except for the pale yellow glow of the street lamps in the parking lot, was like Black Friday. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Shoppers wait in line for an hour to buy toilet paper, describe it like Black Friday," 20 Mar. 2020 Brooklyn Greenpoint War Memorial Paved avenues lead past neat rows of tall London plane trees in Monsignor McGolrick Park, their naked twigs forming dense brown networks in the sky. Will Heinrich, New York Times, "Take a (Solo) Stroll. Your Next Art Fix May Be Around the Block.," 19 Mar. 2020 Boeing is still working with the FAA to get its once fastest selling jet back in the sky. Mina Kaji, ABC News, "1 year after the Ethiopian Air Flight 302 crash, questions remain as to when Boeing's 737 Max will fly again," 10 Mar. 2020 Finding an eyeliner pencil at Sephora or the drugstore is about as easy as spotting a cloud in the sky on a rainy day. Devon Abelman, Allure, "14 of the Best Eyeliner Pencils for Long-Lasting, Colorful Looks," 6 Mar. 2020 And the sun is expected to actually be visible in the sky nearly statewide on Friday. Leigh Morgan, al, "More rain and storms today; will it ever end?," 5 Mar. 2020 The Trouble With Dust The question of whether the universe expands faster than expected first cropped up in 2013, when the Planck satellite precisely mapped ancient microwaves coming from all directions in the sky. Quanta Magazine, "New Wrinkle Added to Cosmology’s Hubble Crisis," 26 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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28 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Apr. 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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