stormier; stormiest
1
: relating to, characterized by, or indicative of a storm
a stormy day
a stormy autumn
2
: marked by turmoil or fury
a stormy life
a stormy conference
stormily adverb
storminess noun

Examples of stormy in a Sentence

The weather was cold and stormy. Their relationship was very stormy.
Recent Examples on the Web In the past, this period has proved quite stormy — especially during El Niño years like the present one. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2024 The video for the song finds Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung and Tzuyu snuggling up together inside a ship’s cabin as it is tossed by stormy seas. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 2 Feb. 2024 Another top editor, Shani Hilton, stepped down last week, bringing to three the number of top editors who have exited during a stormy period at The Times. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, 22 Jan. 2024 Her roommate, Morgan Sampson, told of a stormy history between Cayley and Howerton, including one particularly disturbing incident just a few weeks before Cayley's death. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, 20 Jan. 2024 The surf slams, invisible a few feet away in the profound blackness, the undertow sucking back, the stormy breeze dizzying. Nina Burleigh, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Jan. 2024 Forecast in detail It’s been a stormy stretch and there may be more ahead. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2024 The legislation, whose sponsors in the Senate are Sen. Jennifer Bradley and Sen. Jason Pizzo, comes during a stormy period for Florida community associations, where rising insurance costs have driven a sharp increase in monthly dues. David Fleshler, Sun Sentinel, 9 Jan. 2024 The sky was dark, and the weather was stormy, but Burnie made an impression. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 19 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of stormy was in the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Stormy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stormy. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

stormy

adjective
stormier; stormiest
1
: relating to, marked by, or being a sign of a storm
a stormy day
stormy skies
2
: characterized by or subject to angry or intense disagreements or strong emotional outbursts
a stormy conference
stormily adverb
storminess noun

Medical Definition

stormy

adjective
stormier; stormiest
: having alternating exacerbations and remissions of symptoms

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