Definition of sky in English:


Syllabification: sky
Pronunciation: /skī

noun (plural skies)

(often the sky)
1The region of the atmosphere and outer space seen from the earth: hundreds of stars shining in the sky Jillson had never seen so much sky
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  • Now, the sun floated high above them in a clear, cloudless blue sky.
  • What was once an empty backdrop of a starry sky was filled with a bright, silvery object.
  • You can see the pyramid, you can see the dark, gray skies.
upper atmosphere
literary heavens, firmament, blue, (wide) blue yonder, welkin, azure, empyrean
1.1 literary Heaven; heavenly power: the just vengeance of incensed skies

verb (skies, skying, skied)

[with object] informal Back to top  
1Hit (a ball) high into the air: he skied his tee shot
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  • The visiting attack were bankrupt of ideas and resorted to skying balls in form distance.
  • He skied the ball so high that it probably cleared the stand, never mind the cross bar.
  • Hooper himself was the victim of the worst fielding error of the match when Cullinan skied the ball towards deep mid-wicket.
1.1Hang (a picture) very high on a wall, especially in an exhibition.


Middle English (also in the plural denoting clouds): from Old Norse ský 'cloud'. The verb dates from the early 19th century.


out of a clear blue sky

see blue1.

the sky's the limit

informal There is practically no limit (to something such as a price that can be charged or the opportunities afforded to someone).
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  • Once an individual has this frame of mind the sky is the limit for opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.
  • As far as bond prices are concerned the sky is the limit.
  • On the other hand, this does not mean that the sky is the limit as far as prices are concerned.

to the skies

Very highly; enthusiastically: he wrote to his sister praising Lizzie to the skies
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  • This, after all, is the man who can praise public service workers to the skies and then, almost in the next breath, dismiss them as wreckers.
  • Both films were praised to the skies; and indeed, they are very accomplished.
  • We're going to write lots of articles praising him to the skies.
effusively, profusely, very highly, very enthusiastically, unreservedly, fervently, fulsomely, extravagantly



Pronunciation: /ˈskīē/
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  • The arc of pop continues up and out, happily free and unconstrained as it tracks into the skyey void.
  • Black enrollment at the historically university ties has climbed skyey to nearly 10.4 percent this year, just short of the 10.6 percent target.
  • It's everything he is not, except for the skyey messenger from outer space visiting our low earth, which might fit.


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  • At the very end of his long effort measured by skyless space and time without depth, the purpose is achieved.
  • Derek Jarman opens his claustrophobic, skyless Caravaggio with the feverish artist on his shadowy deathbed.
  • What if I leave the skyless pit I was born into?

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