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stormy

[stawr-mee] /ˈstɔr mi/
adjective, stormier, stormiest.
1.
affected, characterized by, or subject to storms; tempestuous:
a stormy sea.
2.
characterized by violent commotion, actions, speech, passions, etc.:
a stormy debate.
Origin of stormy
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English; Old English stormig. See storm, -y1
Related forms
stormily, adverb
storminess, noun
unstormily, adverb
unstorminess, noun
unstormy, adjective
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  • It is full of fish; it is stormy; and the Neva is its outlet.

  • Their interviews were first blissful, then anxious, then sad, then stormy.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • They are found hundreds of miles from land, skimming on the surface of the open sea, and diving in stormy weather.

  • Then if things went well—the temptation was strong that stormy afternoon.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • When they had finished, night came on, dark and stormy, with furious gusts of rain and wind.

British Dictionary definitions for stormy

stormy

/ˈstɔːmɪ/
adjective stormier, stormiest
1.
characterized by storms
2.
subject to, involving, or characterized by violent disturbance or emotional outburst
Derived Forms
stormily, adverb
storminess, noun
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Word Origin and History for stormy
adj.

c.1200, from storm (n.) + -y (2). Figurative use by mid-14c. Related: Storminess.

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