\ 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.

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However, in 1978, after a long, successful, and occasionally stormy career at Ford, Iacocca was fired by Henry Ford II. Brett Smith For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Today we have visionaries like Elon Musk and Mary Barra. But there was only one Lee Iacocca," 4 July 2019 Even before the stormy end of the term, the court had not always succeeded in staying out of the spotlight. New York Times, "A Supreme Court Term Marked by Shifting Alliances and Surprise Votes," 29 June 2019 Another round of storms brought heavy rain and lots of lightning to parts of Wisconsin early Friday, hampering utility crews who were working around the clock to restore power after a stormy 24 hours in the state. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Heavy rain falls Friday morning; thousands still without power; steamy weekend ahead," 28 June 2019 In this June 20, 2019 file photo, the Supreme Court is seen under stormy skies in Washington. Bob Egelko,, "Supreme Court temporarily blocks citizenship question from 2020 census," 27 June 2019 Over a stormy three-month period from November 2018 to January 2019, the turbines survived extreme conditions while churning out 65% of their maximum capacity as a North Atlantic hurricane sent swells topping 27 ft. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Floating wind farms just became a serious business," 22 June 2019 There will also be a high risk of rip currents in place through Friday night, so swimmers should use extreme caution: The stormy pattern is expected to calm some by Friday. Leigh Morgan,, "Scattered severe storms possible today (and tonight) for some in Alabama," 19 June 2019 Third, surges of energy from the Madden-Julian Oscillation are likely helping contribute extra moisture to the area, keeping Colorado on the stormier side of things. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Denver weather: This is the coldest start to a year since 1983," 18 June 2019 In a flash, the sunny desert day turns into a stormy one. Ariana Romero,, "R29 Binge Club: Netflix’s Trinkets Recap," 15 June 2019

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First Known Use of stormy

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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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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