\ˈstȯr-mē \
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 \ adverb
storminess \ˈstȯr-​mē-​nəs \ noun

Examples of stormy in a Sentence

The weather was cold and stormy. Their relationship was very stormy.

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Bob Evans with a multi-million dollar stack of gold bars off of the SS Central America that sunk in stormy seas in 1857. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "Gold bars and coins worth millions from a ship wreck found at NRA meeting in Dallas | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 4 May 2018 After a tumultuous year in stormy seas, Tesla is making progress toward a safe harbor. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Tesla Ramps Up Model 3 Production and Predicts Profits This Fall," 2 May 2018 From waves in a stormy sea, to the cool undergrowth of a forest, to the transition from day to night, the music in this ethereal program will be as colorful and varied as nature itself. The Enquirer,, "Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra unveils eclectic Summermusik series for August 2018," 23 Mar. 2018 The out-of-body experience of moving in a virtual world while staying motionless feels to many like standing on the deck of a ship in a stormy sea. Jay Samit, Fortune, "A Possible Cure for Virtual Reality Motion Sickness," 6 Feb. 2018 But when the Phoenix sank in stormy waters off the coast of Phuket four months ago, tens of thousands of Chinese canceled bookings. James Hookway, WSJ, "Thailand Probes Boat Sinking, With Billions of Chinese Tourist Dollars at Stake," 21 Nov. 2018 Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images Even after a politically stormy summer, white evangelical support for Donald Trump has remained strong. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "White evangelicals are the only religious group to support Trump," 3 Oct. 2018 In the others, she can be seen posing with a teddy bear and a '60s beehive wig in front of a stormy background and smiling at the camera while a colorful coat floats behind her. Evelyn Wang, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Posed Topless for Love Magazine," 7 Aug. 2018 In the others, she can be seen posing with a teddy bear and a '60s beehive wig in front of a stormy background and smiling at the camera while a colorful coat floats behind her. Evelyn Wang, Allure, "Kendall Jenner Frees the Nipple to Celebrate Love Magazine’s 10th Anniversary," 7 Aug. 2018

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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 \
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 \
stormier; stormiest

Medical Definition of stormy 

: having alternating exacerbations and remissions of symptoms

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