adjective, cloud·i·er, cloud·i·est.
  1. full of or overcast by clouds: a cloudy sky.
  2. having little or no sunshine: a cloudy but rainless day.
  3. of or like a cloud or clouds; pertaining to clouds.
  4. having cloudlike markings: cloudy marble.
  5. not clear or transparent: He could not see through the cloudy liquid.
  6. obscure; indistinct.
  7. darkened by gloom, trouble, etc.
  8. under suspicion, disgrace, etc.: a gambler with a cloudy reputation.

Origin of cloudy

before 900; Middle English cloudi, Old English clūdig rocky, hilly. See cloud, -y1
Related formscloud·i·ly, adverbcloud·i·ness, nounun·cloud·y, adjective

Synonyms for cloudy

1, 2. murky, lowering, shadowy, gloomy, depressing. 5. murky, turbid, muddy, opaque, shadowy. 6. dim, blurred, shadowy, unclear, befogged, muddled, confused. 7. gloomy, lowering. 8. shadowy. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for cloudier

Historical Examples of cloudier

  • Clark's observation that it was colder and cloudier than the waters of the Yellowstone still held good.

    Down the Yellowstone

    Lewis R. Freeman

  • Her features were like marble beneath the silken dusk of her hair which was faintly outlined against the cloudier darkness.

    The Builders

    Ellen Glasgow

British Dictionary definitions for cloudier


adjective cloudier or cloudiest
  1. covered with cloud or clouds
  2. of or like a cloud or clouds
  3. streaked or mottled like a cloud
  4. opaque or muddy
  5. obscure or unclear
  6. troubled by gloom or depressionhis face had a cloudy expression
Derived Formscloudily, adverbcloudiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for cloudier



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper