Definition of stormy in English:


adjectivestormiest, stormier

  • 1(of weather) characterized by strong winds and usually rain, thunder, lightning, or snow.

    ‘a dark and stormy night’
    • ‘Wellington residents are being warned to prepare for another 12 hours or so of stormy weather.’
    • ‘Yorkshire escaped the worst of Friday's stormy weather, which was blamed for accidents, road closures and flooded homes further north.’
    • ‘But when a lifeboat arrived in stormy weather to rescue the couple, they were told in no uncertain terms by the pair that they wanted to ‘sit it out’.’
    • ‘The stormy weather could spread as far as the British Midlands by this evening, he said, but temperatures would still be very warm.’
    • ‘It sounds like there is a lot of stormy weather ahead.’
    • ‘She encountered stormy weather less than a day into the voyage, and at about 2am on September 3 fire broke out in the engine room.’
    • ‘The trees would have hindered the building process, dropped leaves and debris onto the deck and were an added risk in stormy weather.’
    • ‘As well as pie, soup is also a good comfort in this stormy weather.’
    • ‘This lough suffered from the stormy weather last week but still produced a few salmon despite the conditions.’
    • ‘Staff and parents are concerned that the building could be unsafe, especially in stormy weather.’
    • ‘Some other yachts were forced to divert and set sail for Maldives and Galle due to stormy weather.’
    • ‘They were a family like us doing something that families like us do: enjoying the thrill of fleeing the spray from the big waves that break against the sea wall in stormy conditions.’
    • ‘Her homecoming is somewhat earlier than expected, hastened by the recent stormy weather in the North Atlantic.’
    • ‘Every year, slates are blown off the roof in stormy weather and temporary repair works have to be carried on a regular basis.’
    • ‘Six balloons arrived on Sunday but stormy weather has meant that they have been grounded ever since.’
    • ‘Low-pressure weather systems signal cold, stormy weather and snow.’
    • ‘The coastal weather was so stormy on Wednesday that oil-skimming boats were forced to remain in port for a second straight day.’
    • ‘The organising committee reserves the right to postpone or cancel the competition in the event of the weather being too stormy.’
    • ‘There have been many cases in which stormy winds and torrential rains have inflicted serious damage.’
    • ‘The anticipation of the stormy weather last week promised to be more worrying than the actuality of the event.’
    blustery, squally, wild, tempestuous, turbulent, windy, gusty, blowy, rainy, thundery, rough, choppy
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    1. 1.1 (of the sea or sky) having large waves or dark clouds because of windy or rainy conditions.
      ‘grey and stormy skies’
      • ‘The Panamanian-registered Princess Eva has been in sheltered waters in Donegal Bay since Wednesday, after two of its crew were killed in an accident in stormy seas.’
      • ‘They ran into stormy seas and started their emergency distress beacon late on Friday night.’
      • ‘It depicts a viaduct with stick figures walking across it, slightly stooped and outlined against a stormy sky.’
      • ‘Flying out over stormy seas is just part of their job and to them it is preferable to travelling over land on a calm, frosty night as icing causes major problems for the helicopter.’
      • ‘Survey ship HMS Roebuck had barely left Devonport on her final deployment when she was involved in a rescue in stormy seas off the north-west coast of Spain.’
      • ‘Forty five fishermen were drowned in stormy seas, including 10 from Iniskea and 9 from Lacken.’
      • ‘Walters said his British rescuers took great risks to pick them up in the stormy seas.’
      • ‘Emma is more practical than religious, so when stormy seas threatened to overwhelm her she did all the things that sailors do to keep their boats afloat, and hoped for the best.’
      • ‘It portrayed a woman grasping a cross with both hands as she was being rescued from a stormy sea.’
      • ‘There was a pause as they looked out at the stormy sea and the gray sky.’
      • ‘In 1986, when the Commonwealth Games were last hosted in Britain, Edinburgh endured a fortnight of stormy skies and an even bleaker financial legacy.’
      • ‘Last New Year's Eve, the ship suffered a power cut for almost two hours in stormy seas in the Bermuda Triangle, en route to New York from Puerto Rico.’
      • ‘From icy rivers to calm ponds and a stormy sea, Monet came to paint water in all its various states.’
      • ‘The atmospheric score and cinematography, especially of luscious New Zealand landscape and stormy seas, adds greatly to one's appreciation.’
      • ‘She gasped at how majestic it looked against the gray, stormy sky.’
      • ‘But the ponds can also be slate on stormy days when they reflect the stormy sky.’
      • ‘Culdrose also averages more than 200 call-outs a year, from sailors taken off sinking vessels in stormy seas to people injured in cliff falls.’
      • ‘One of the paintings stolen is View of the Sea at Scheveningen, a small beach scene, painted in 1882, outside The Hague of a boat setting off into a stormy sea under black clouds.’
      • ‘The divers, working from a platform sent from Norway, have been racing against the onset of Arctic winter in stormy seas.’
      • ‘The crystal light of a clear winter morning, dramatic stormy skies and the golden warmth of an autumn day: all find a place in this splendid evocation of the Lake District.’
      windy, windswept, blustery, gusty, breezy, draughty, fresh
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    2. 1.2 Full of angry or violent outbursts of feeling.
      ‘a long and stormy debate’
      ‘a stormy relationship’
      • ‘He has had a stormy relationship with the press.’
      • ‘At her original trial at Leeds Crown Court, the jury heard how the couple had a stormy relationship, with frequent arguments and both had a temper, especially in drink.’
      • ‘The ugly little scene had been so reminiscent of thousands of such incidents over the years; times that caused angry tense silences or stormy exits.’
      • ‘The film depicts Plath's history of depression and suicide attempts, and follows her stormy relationship with Hughes, right up until her suicide, in 1963.’
      • ‘The dispute is still thought likely to provoke a stormy, if not violent, showdown.’
      • ‘Interviews among factional leaders might easily end in stormy scenes, full of tirades and tantrums.’
      • ‘Ann-Marie agreed to help out her little brother despite having a somewhat stormy relationship with him.’
      • ‘Fury erupted at a stormy meeting when angry locals turned up to fight plans for two mobile phone masts in York.’
      • ‘As an adult, Brett also had a stormy and reportedly violent three-year marriage.’
      • ‘Last week's ban on hunting with dogs was the climax of many years of stormy debate around the issue.’
      • ‘Marital tension, reflecting Strauss's stormy relationship with his wife Pauline, is a subject common to several of his operas, some openly autobiographical.’
      • ‘It is expected that will lead up to a stormy debate over the issue at Scottish Labour's annual conference in Perth in February.’
      • ‘Her stories revolve around food, with which Filler has a close but stormy relationship.’
      • ‘The court was told the couple, who were married in 1980, had a stormy relationship.’
      • ‘The council is expected to reject the proposal on June 14 when the two groups meet for what may be a stormy debate.’
      • ‘A friendship later became a stormy relationship that has survived several break-ups, flirtations with other partners and even the occasional fistfight.’
      • ‘The inquest heard that the relationship was stormy and had broken up several times.’
      • ‘Only the banker's closest friends knew of the couple's stormy and passionate relationship.’
      • ‘After a stormy on-off relationship, the couple married in 1995.’
      • ‘The move follows a stormy debate in which the city's council tax rise was agreed at just less than five per cent.’
      angry, heated, fiery, fierce, impassioned, passionate, lively
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