part of speech: noun
definition 1: a white or gray mass of fine drops of water or ice high in the earth’s atmosphere.
definition 2: something like a cloud, such as dust or smoke.
- His boots kicked up a cloud of dust as he walked into the store.
definition 3: something that threatens or makes dark and gloomy.
- Everyone in the city lived under a cloud of fear.
part of speech: verb
inflections: clouds, clouding, clouded
definition 1: to cover with clouds.
- Smoke from the burning building clouded the neighborhood.
synonyms: cover, darken
definition 2: to become cloudy (often followed by “up”).
- The sky clouded up before the storm began.
derivations: cloudless (adj.), cloudlike (adj.)
Cloud is from clud, an Old English word that means “rock or hill,” and from clouden which means “to dim or darken.”
Word Builder: cloud +
cloudy: having many clouds.