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 sky
Contemporary Examples of 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
December 27, 2014
“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.Canada ♥ Cuba Just Got Complicated
December 22, 2014
Rob Marshall lets a sigh of relief erupt so loud it could be heard by giants in the sky.Rob Marshall Defends ‘Into the Woods’
December 9, 2014
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.
Historical Examples of sky
They were fabled as seven sisters, and one lost her place in the sky by marrying a mortal.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
They made maps of the sky and they discovered the first five planets.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
He went on until the sun was low in the west and all the sky was rimmed with color.Way of the Lawless
Oceans and land and sky are avenues for our colossal commerce.
Dick turned to the window, and stared at the mellow evening sky.Viviette
William J. Locke
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.