noun, plural skies. Often skies (for defs 1–4).
verb (used with object), skied or skyed, sky·ing.
Origin of sky
Examples from the Web for skies
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of skies
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
noun plural skies
verb skies, skying or skied
Word Origin for sky
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.).
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.