Origin of clouded
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- in a condition of absent-mindedness; lost in reverie.
- impractical: Their schemes are usually up in the clouds.
Origin of cloud
Synonyms for cloud
Related Words for cloudedcloudy, hazy, blurred, concerned, troubled, borderline, chancy, dubious, dubitable, equivocal, inconclusive, indecisive, indeterminate, questionable, uncertain, unclear, unknown, unsure, vague, opaque
Examples from the Web for clouded
Contemporary Examples of clouded
Apparently, he thinks people who love someone with Down syndrome simply must be clouded by sentiment, and unable to see reason.Richard Dawkins Would Fail Philosophy 101
August 28, 2014
I knew my story would be clouded in secrecy, overflowing with spies and agents wanting the man at the end of that deal.Writing a Novel: Even Making It Up Requires Research
July 16, 2014
The most fundamental terms in that definition—enemy and success—are clouded by uncertainty in Iraq.Even Former Commandos Call Iraq ‘an Impossible Mission’
June 24, 2014
The walls are lined with clouded glass and throw a touch of art deco into the design mix.A Mad Feast Is the Next 'Sleep No More'
February 3, 2014
Like so many, the thought of a life without the Clintons strikes me as more than a little sad, and so my judgment may be clouded.How Serious Is Hillary Clinton’s Blood Clot and Hospitalization?
December 31, 2012
Historical Examples of clouded
For instance, there was Ried, who went on his way with a clouded brow.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
With clouded brow he eagerly scanned the empty fields, hoping for help.In the Midst of Alarms
It had not been clouded, except for a passing moment, until now.Little Dorrit
Her face lit up with a reminiscent smile, and then clouded again.The Greater Inclination
Newbury read it first with eagerness, then with a clouded brow.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
- under reproach or suspicion
- in a state of gloom or bad temper
Word Origin for cloud
Old English clud "mass of rock, hill," related to clod. Metaphoric extension to "raincloud, mass of evaporated water in the sky" is attested by c.1200 based on similarity of cumulus clouds and rock masses. The usual Old English word for "cloud" was weolcan. In Middle English, skie also originally meant "cloud."
The four fundamental types of cloud classification (cirrus, cumulus, stratus, nimbus) were proposed by British amateur meteorologist Luke Howard (1772-1864) in 1802. Figuratively, as something that casts a shadow, from early 15c.; hence under a cloud (c.1500). In the clouds "removed from earthly things; obscure, fanciful, unreal" is from 1640s. Cloud-compeller translates (poetically) Greek nephelegereta, a Homeric epithet of Zeus.
early 15c., "overspread with clouds, cover, darken," from cloud (n.). From 1510s as "to render dim or obscure;" 1590s as "to overspread with gloom." Intransitive sense of "become cloudy" is from 1560s. Related: Clouded; clouding.
In addition to the idioms beginning with cloud
- cloud over
- head in the clouds
- on cloud nine
- silver lining, every cloud has
- under a cloud