- plural of sky.
- 3rd person singular present of sky.
- the region of the clouds or the upper air; the upper atmosphere of the earth: airplanes in the sky; cloudy skies.
- the heavens or firmament, appearing as a great arch or vault.
- the supernal or celestial heaven: They looked to the sky for help.
- the climate: the sunny skies of Italy.
- Obsolete. a cloud.
- Informal. to raise, throw, or hit aloft or into the air.
- Informal. to hang (a painting) high on a wall, above the line of vision.
- sky up, Falconry. (of prey, when flushed) to fly straight upward.
- out of a/the clear sky, without advance notice or warning; abruptly: An old beau phoned her out of a clear sky.Also out of a/the clear blue sky.
- to the skies, with lavishness or enthusiasm; extravagantly: to praise someone to the skies.Also to the sky.
Origin of sky
Examples from the Web for skies
We know that the skies are open season for all manner of drone traffic, from missile launchers to beer droppers.Meet Our Animal Robot Overlords
December 26, 2014
The crime-fighting penguins, says the trailer, are “masters of the skies, espionage, and aerial assault.”Lovable ‘Madagascar’ Penguins Are Known to Rape and Torture in Real Life
November 26, 2014
Every night, they emerge from their roosts, taking to the skies on silent wings.Bats’ Link to Ebola Finally Solved
November 12, 2014
It was a high-tech attempt to smuggle in drugs and phones from the skies over a maximum-security facility.What Was This Drone Doing Over a South Carolina Prison?
August 1, 2014
Descriptions of armed soldiers and strange beasts galloping across the skies were not uncommon.How the News Business Found Its Footing
June 22, 2014
Commerce crowds our rivers and rails, our skies, harbors, and highways.
Then the lightning ceased for a while and the skies were almost dark.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
But, for want of a form of words in which to express the idea, it returned to the skies.Little Dorrit
Why not live nobly and idly in the most beautiful of cities, under the most beautiful of skies?The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Neptune took the ocean, Pluto the center of the earth, and Jupiter the skies.Classic Myths
Mary Catherine Judd
- (sometimes plural) the apparently dome-shaped expanse extending upwards from the horizon that is characteristically blue or grey during the day, red in the evening, and black at nightRelated adjectives: celestial, empyrean
- outer space, as seen from the earth
- (often plural) weather, as described by the appearance of the upper airsunny skies
- the source of divine power; heaven
- informal the highest level of attainmentthe sky's the limit
- to the skies highly; extravagantly
- rowing to lift (the blade of an oar) too high before a stroke
- (tr) informal to hit (a ball) high in the air
Word Origin and History for skies
c.1200, "a cloud," from Old Norse sky "cloud," from Proto-Germanic *skeujam "cloud, cloud cover" (cf. Old English sceo, Old Saxon scio "cloud, region of the clouds, sky;" Old High German scuwo, Old English scua, Old Norse skuggi "shadow;" Gothic skuggwa "mirror"), from PIE root *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal" (see hide (n.1)).
Meaning "upper regions of the air" is attested from c.1300; replaced native heofon in this sense (see heaven). In Middle English, the word can still mean both "cloud" and "heaven," as still in the skies, originally "the clouds." Sky-high is from 1812; phrase the sky's the limit is attested from 1908. Sky-dive first recorded 1965; sky-writing is from 1922.
"to raise or throw toward the skies," 1802, from sky (n.).
- The atmosphere, as seen from a given point on the Earth's surface. The sky appears to be blue because the wavelengths associated with blue light are scattered more easily than those that are associated with the other colors.
Idioms and Phrases with skies
In addition to the idiom beginning with sky
, also see
- blow sky-high
- out of a clear blue sky
- pie in the sky
reach for the sky.