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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.

verb (used without object)
  1. to become clouded over or overcast: Toward evening the sky began to overcloud.

Origin of overcloud

First recorded in 1585–95; over- + cloud

Words Nearby overcloud

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How to use overcloud in a sentence

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

  • Shades of sadness, which gradually assumed a darker character, began to overcloud the young man's temper.

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

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

    Madonna Mary | Mrs. Oliphant
  • Athens is such a sun, and Sparta as my foot Shall overcloud it!

    The Mortal Gods and Other Plays | Olive Tilford Dargan

British Dictionary definitions for overcloud


/ (ˌəʊvəˈklaʊd) /

  1. to make or become covered with clouds

  2. to make or become dark or dim

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