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
Examples from the Web for cloudlike
Historical Examples of cloudlike
What is that which floats, magically suspended, cloudlike, before the glass?The American Egypt
The pioneer stared at the long blue range, cloudlike in the distance.Audrey
Behind these, Castor and Pollux, and next the cloudlike, nebulous Cancer.Hodge and His Masters
Cloudlike, yet very real, they beckoned her, and in her stirred the call of motherhood--of life to be.Darkness and Dawn
George Allan England
Great elms throw their cloudlike shadows over the trim and well-kept roads in summertime.
- 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