adjective, storm·i·er, storm·i·est.
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What does stormy mean?
Stormy literally describes weather that has resulted in storms or that indicates that storms are coming—especially conditions like dark clouds, strong winds, thunder, lightning, and rain. It is often used in the phrase stormy weather.
It can also be used to describe a place that frequently has storms.
Stormy can also be used in a figurative way to describe a situation that’s full of conflict and commotion, as in Things got a bit stormy at the council meeting when members started making accusations against each other.
Example: Expect stormy skies on your commute this morning—it looks like we’ll get some intense rainstorms starting around 9 o’clock.
Where does stormy come from?
The first records of the word stormy come from around the second half of the 1100s. It derives from the Old English stormig, also meaning “stormy.” Stormy uses the suffix –y to turn the noun storm into an adjective. (The same thing is done for other weather conditions, such as windy, cloudy, and rainy.)
It was a dark and stormy night is a cliché way to start a story, but you know exactly what it means—the wind is howling, the rain is beating against the window, the thunder is shaking the house. Most literally, stormy refers to the conditions of a storm or describes the conditions right before a storm happens. When someone tells you the weather has been stormy, they usually mean it’s been intensely rainy and windy, perhaps with some thunder and lightning, not just a light drizzle. Stormy can also be applied to places affected by a storm, as in stormy seas or the stormy atmosphere of Jupiter.
When stormy is used metaphorically, it’s often applied to situations or relationships that involve intense or frequent arguments whose violence and destruction are likened to that of a storm. In phrases like a stormy marriage, the word stormy implies the opposite of calmness—strong winds and thunder are used as a metaphor for loud, contentious arguments. It can also be used to describe a dark mood, a strong temper, or other similar individual traits.
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What are some other forms related to stormy?
- storm (noun)
- storminess (noun)
- stormily (adverb)
- unstormily (adverb)
- unstorminess (noun)
What are some synonyms for stormy?
What are some words that share a root or word element with stormy?
What are some words that often get used in discussing stormy?
How is stormy used in real life?
Stormy is commonly used in both a literal and figurative way. In both cases, it’s fairly informal.
Programming note: Detailed story on very windy and stormy weather expected in DMV late tonight and tomorrow coming early this afternoon.
— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) April 12, 2020
I thought about my dad today. He was tough & we had a stormy relationship, but he was a profoundly dedicated dad, & no one understood me better. I lived in Eastern Europe for much of my 30s—he & my mom came to visit a few years before he died. I miss you & your wise counsel, dad. pic.twitter.com/mh2DEX8OFv
— Josh Morgerman (@iCyclone) June 17, 2019
It's surprising enough that Fognini took that set, but especially surprising that Fog was down 3-1 and in a familiarly stormy mood and pulled himself out of it.#SPORTS
— Matt Zemek (@mzemek) April 20, 2019
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Is sto,rmy used correctly in the following sentence?
Her stormy expression implied that things had not gone well.
Example sentences from the Web for stormy
Subsequent guests have included comedian Margaret Cho and self proclaimed “hurricane of intellectual sexuality,” Stormy Leather.'Hysterical Literature': Women Who Read Until Orgasm|Rich Goldstein|March 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The word most used to describe it, including by Kathryn, was “stormy.”Doug Kenney: The Odd Comic Genius Behind ‘Animal House’ and National Lampoon|Robert Sam Anson|March 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The log cabin in which they sleep has no floor or window, and wind and rain pour in during the stormy days.The ‘12 Years a Slave’ Book Shows Slavery As Even More Appalling Than In the Film|Jimmy So|October 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In riveting testimony, Arias also described the stormy affair that had led her to the courtroom.
Video of the search shows the winch struggling to cope with the stormy conditions.
One stormy night he had suddenly surprised the convoy fleet at Karlskrona and burnt a large portion of it.The Tower of Dago|Mr Jkai
In its habits generally it very closely resembles its better known ally, the Stormy Petrel.British Sea Birds|Charles Dixon
So stormy was the night that the sentinels had left the walls.
The living waves rolled against each other like the billows of a stormy sea.The Boys of '61|Charles Carleton Coffin.
The stormy Tartarin was going to rush after him, but the prince prevented that.Tartarin of Tarascon|Alphonse Daudet