[ klou-dee ]
/ ˈklaʊ di /

adjective, cloud·i·er, cloud·i·est.

Nearby words

  1. cloudlet,
  2. clouds,
  3. clouds, the,
  4. cloudscape,
  5. cloudware,
  6. cloudy swelling,
  7. clouet,
  8. clough,
  9. clough, arthur hugh,
  10. clout

Origin of cloudy

before 900; Middle English cloudi, Old English clūdig rocky, hilly. See cloud, -y1

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.

Related formscloud·i·ly, adverbcloud·i·ness, nounun·cloud·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cloudy


/ (ˈklaʊdɪ) /

adjective cloudier or cloudiest

covered with cloud or clouds
of or like a cloud or clouds
streaked or mottled like a cloud
opaque or muddy
obscure or unclear
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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