- 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
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Examples from the Web for cloudiness
It was not just that the sun was shining brilliantly in a place infamous for its cloudiness.The Battle for LGBT Equality Isn’t Over Yet
May 25, 2014
She loved him with too clear a vision to fear his cloudiness.Howards End
E. M. Forster
There is not the least cloudiness about Mr. Mozley's meaning here.Fragments of science, V. 1-2
Bacteria produce a cloudiness which will not clear upon filtration.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis
James Campbell Todd
Rainfall, moisture, and cloudiness are most important in growing pears.The Pears of New York
U. P. Hedrick
The degree of cloudiness gives an idea of the amount of oil present.Detection of the Common Food Adulterants
Edwin M. Bruce
- 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 depressionhis face had a cloudy expression
Word Origin and History for cloudiness
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.