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[stawr-mee] /ˈstɔr mi/
adjective, stormier, stormiest.
affected, characterized by, or subject to storms; tempestuous:
a stormy sea.
characterized by violent commotion, actions, speech, passions, etc.:
a stormy debate.
Origin of stormy
1150-1200; Middle English; Old English stormig. See storm, -y1
Related forms
stormily, adverb
storminess, noun
unstormily, adverb
unstorminess, noun
unstormy, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for stormy
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  • He who gives his mind to politics, sails on a stormy sea, with a giddy pilot.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Their interviews were first blissful, then anxious, then sad, then stormy.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • Then if things went well—the temptation was strong that stormy afternoon.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The passage was stormy--the Bay of Biscay, in particular, giving us a touch of its qualities.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • The passage home was stormy and long, but offered nothing remarkable.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for stormy


adjective stormier, stormiest
characterized by storms
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

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

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