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[oh-ver-kloud] /ˌoʊ vərˈklaʊd/
verb (used with object)
to overspread with or as if with clouds:
a summer storm that briefly overclouds the sun; to overcloud one's pleasure with solemn thoughts.
to darken; obscure; make gloomy:
a childhood that was overclouded by the loss of his parents.
verb (used without object)
to become clouded over or overcast:
Toward evening the sky began to overcloud.
Origin of overcloud
First recorded in 1585-95; over- + cloud Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for overcloud
Historical Examples
  • This may overcloud us all a little if—if anything should happen to Francis Ochterlony.

    Madonna Mary Mrs. Oliphant
  • Suddenly Annie's shyness, reserve, whatever it was, seemed to overcloud her.

    The Butterfly House Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • An apparatus of such complexity, placed in the fore part of the body, cannot fail to obscure and overcloud its physiognomy.

    The Insect Jules Michelet
  • She had a gaiety and insouciance, and a natural childlike merriment that all her terrible disasters could not overcloud.

  • Somewhere, something had happened to overcloud his day, to uncover ancestral resemblances, possibilities.


    Mary Johnston
  • Shades of sadness, which gradually assumed a darker character, began to overcloud the young man's temper.

British Dictionary definitions for overcloud


to make or become covered with clouds
to make or become dark or dim
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for overcloud

1590s, from over- + cloud (v.). Related: Overclouded; overclouding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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