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overcloud

[oh-ver-kloud]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to overspread with or as if with clouds: a summer storm that briefly overclouds the sun; to overcloud one's pleasure with solemn thoughts.
  2. to darken; obscure; make gloomy: a childhood that was overclouded by the loss of his parents.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to become clouded over or overcast: Toward evening the sky began to overcloud.
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Origin of overcloud

First recorded in 1585–95; over- + cloud
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Examples from the Web for overcloud

Historical Examples

  • This may overcloud us all a little if—if anything should happen to Francis Ochterlony.

    Madonna Mary

    Mrs. Oliphant

  • Suddenly Annie's shyness, reserve, whatever it was, seemed to overcloud her.

    The Butterfly House

    Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

  • An apparatus of such complexity, placed in the fore part of the body, cannot fail to obscure and overcloud its physiognomy.

    The Insect

    Jules Michelet

  • She had a gaiety and insouciance, and a natural childlike merriment that all her terrible disasters could not overcloud.

  • Somewhere, something had happened to overcloud his day, to uncover ancestral resemblances, possibilities.

    Foes

    Mary Johnston


British Dictionary definitions for overcloud

overcloud

verb
  1. to make or become covered with clouds
  2. to make or become dark or dim
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Word Origin and History for overcloud

v.

1590s, from over- + cloud (v.). Related: Overclouded; overclouding.

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