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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

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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

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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 cloudy

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.

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