noun, plural skies. Often skies (for defs 1–4).
verb (used with object), skied or skyed, sky·ing.
- skunk works,
- sky blue,
- sky cavalry,
- sky compass,
- sky cover,
- sky diving
Origin of sky
Examples from the Web for sky
Where these laser-like missiles are falling out of the sky onto a city and you have to stop each of them from hitting the targets?Coffee Talk with Ethan Hawke: On ‘Boyhood,’ Jennifer Lawrence, and Bill Clinton’s Urinal Exchange|Marlow Stern|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“At least it keeps the mosquitoes away,” one of my table-mates said, as we watched the swooshes of smoke waft into the Havana sky.
Rob Marshall lets a sigh of relief erupt so loud it could be heard by giants in the sky.
The sky is not the limit; beliefs still must be sincere and connected to some for-real source.
Especially not when the display in question includes an angel falling from the sky in flames, surrounded by Biblical verses.
Above, the aurora flashed red shafts, while a soft moaning filled the sky.Menotah|Ernest G. Henham
The sky was still red in the west and the evening star hung directly over the Bergsons' wind-mill.O Pioneers!|Willa Cather
Always ready to send shot and shell into a bulging speck in the sky that does not return the luminous signals.
Never before was the sky more blue, the air more sweet, the village church bells' pealing merrier.God Wills It!|William Stearns Davis
We arranged, before starting, to meet at a certain tall tree, which stood up against the sky in the dim starlight.The Somnambulist and the Detective|Allan Pinkerton
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.