\ ˈstȯr-mē How to pronounce stormy (audio) \
stormier; stormiest

Definition of stormy

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

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Other Words from stormy

stormily \ ˈstȯr-​mə-​lē How to pronounce stormily (audio) \ adverb
storminess \ ˈstȯr-​mē-​nəs How to pronounce storminess (audio) \ noun

Examples of stormy in a Sentence

The weather was cold and stormy. Their relationship was very stormy.
Recent Examples on the Web The Eye of a Monster This past year was a very stormy one in many ways. Jeffery Delviscio, Scientific American, "Here Are the Most Beautiful Science GIFs We Discovered in 2019," 31 Dec. 2019 Its plenary hall, the scene of stormy debates on legislation, sat eerily empty. Ruth Eglash, Washington Post, "In Israel, a year of political limbo is exacting a toll," 27 Dec. 2019 The snow will keep falling through Saturday and Ahsenmacher said a stormy pattern is expected to drop snowfall throughout the next week. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "The gift that keeps on giving: More snow forecast for Anchorage after Christmas snowfall," 25 Dec. 2019 The National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the crash, was not immediately able to send a crew to the scene due to stormy conditions but investigators were expected to be on the ground Monday. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, "South Dakota plane crash victims identified as Idaho business executives, family members," 2 Dec. 2019 Engineers say spanning at least 12 miles of the deep and stormy Irish Sea would be difficult to impossible. Arkansas Online, "U.K.'s Johnson unveils legislative plan to end Brexit deadlock," 19 Dec. 2019 But amid a stormy financial picture, the Legislature stepped in, freezing the rate at 5.3 percent and passing a set of thresholds the state’s economy would need to meet each year for the rate to continue dipping toward 5 percent., "Voters passed a tax cut. Lawmakers balked. Twenty years later, it’s finally here - The Boston Globe," 14 Dec. 2019 Ashba also played guitar in Guns N' Roses, a band that's had a stormy history with Motley Crue. 8. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "10 weird-but-true Indiana tales of Motley Crue as band returns to the road," 4 Dec. 2019 The tension between Planned Parenthood’s political goals and its mission as a health provider was one of the main reasons Dr. Wen, with a background as a physician, had such a stormy tenure as president. New York Times, "How a Divided Left Is Losing the Battle on Abortion," 1 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of stormy

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stormy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of stormy

: relating to or affected by a storm
: full of anger, shouting, etc.


\ ˈstȯr-mē How to pronounce stormy (audio) \
stormier; stormiest

Kids Definition of stormy

1 : relating to or affected by a storm a stormy sea
2 : displaying anger and strong emotions a stormy meeting


\ ˈstȯr-mē How to pronounce stormy (audio) \
stormier; stormiest

Medical Definition of stormy

: having alternating exacerbations and remissions of symptoms

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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