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[klou-dee] /ˈklaʊ di/
adjective, cloudier, cloudiest.
full of or overcast by clouds:
a cloudy sky.
having little or no sunshine:
a cloudy but rainless day.
of or like a cloud or clouds; pertaining to clouds.
having cloudlike markings:
cloudy marble.
not clear or transparent:
He could not see through the cloudy liquid.
obscure; indistinct.
darkened by gloom, trouble, etc.
under suspicion, disgrace, etc.:
a gambler with a cloudy reputation.
Origin of cloudy
before 900; Middle English cloudi, Old English clūdig rocky, hilly. See cloud, -y1
Related forms
cloudily, adverb
cloudiness, noun
uncloudy, adjective
1, 2. murky, lowering, shadowy, gloomy, depressing. 5. murky, turbid, muddy, opaque, shadowy. 6. dim, blurred, shadowy, unclear, befogged, muddled, confused. 7. gloomy, lowering. 8. shadowy. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cloudy
  • Summers are cool and cloudy, while winters are typically windy and rainy.
  • The principle is that night-time temperatures are usually much lower when skies are clear than when they're cloudy.
  • Here, despite being almost rainless, the weather is often cloudy and cool.
  • We wondered at the cloudy stuff but no one was brave enough to taste it.
  • cloudy vision, double vision, or both may be the first signs.
  • The urine often has a strong smell, looks cloudy, or contains blood.
  • When liquids are added to regular cornstarch, it turns into a thick, cloudy gel.
  • The laser had trouble handling large salvos of rockets, or cloudy conditions.
  • On cloudy evenings, in contrast, the animals' movements are much more erratic.
  • When the day was cloudy, the wanderers indeed walked in circles, but not by turning consistently in one direction.
British Dictionary definitions for cloudy


adjective cloudier, cloudiest
covered with cloud or clouds
of or like a cloud or clouds
streaked or mottled like a cloud
opaque or muddy
obscure or unclear
troubled by gloom or depression: his face had a cloudy expression
Derived Forms
cloudily, adverb
cloudiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for cloudy

Old English cludig "rocky, hilly, full of cliffs;" see cloud (n.). Meaning "of the nature of clouds" is recorded from c.1300; meaning "full of clouds" is late 14c.; that of "not clear" is from 1580s. Figurative sense of "gloomy" is late 14c. Related: Cloudiness; cloudily.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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