adjective, storm·i·er, storm·i·est.

affected, characterized by, or subject to storms; tempestuous: a stormy sea.
characterized by violent commotion, actions, speech, passions, etc.: a stormy debate.

Origin of stormy

1150–1200; Middle English; Old English stormig. See storm, -y1
Related formsstorm·i·ly, adverbstorm·i·ness, nounun·storm·i·ly, adverbun·storm·i·ness, nounun·storm·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stormy

Contemporary Examples of stormy

Historical Examples of stormy

  • He who gives his mind to politics, sails on a stormy sea, with a giddy pilot.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • Their interviews were first blissful, then anxious, then sad, then stormy.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • Then if things went well—the temptation was strong that stormy afternoon.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • The passage was stormy--the Bay of Biscay, in particular, giving us a touch of its qualities.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The passage home was stormy and long, but offered nothing remarkable.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

British Dictionary definitions for stormy


adjective stormier or stormiest

characterized by storms
subject to, involving, or characterized by violent disturbance or emotional outburst
Derived Formsstormily, adverbstorminess, noun
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Word Origin and History for stormy

c.1200, from storm (n.) + -y (2). Figurative use by mid-14c. Related: Storminess.

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