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[ skahyz ]SEE DEFINITION OF skies

Synonyms for skies

  • azure
  • empyrean
  • firmament
  • heavens
  • lid
  • vault
  • welkin
  • celestial sphere
  • the blue
  • upper atmosphere
  • vault of heaven
  • wild blue yonder

Antonyms for skies

  • earth
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Commerce crowds our rivers and rails, our skies, harbors, and highways.

Then the lightning ceased for a while and the skies were almost dark.

But, for want of a form of words in which to express the idea, it returned to the skies.

Why not live nobly and idly in the most beautiful of cities, under the most beautiful of skies?

Neptune took the ocean, Pluto the center of the earth, and Jupiter the skies.

The Queen of Heaven may often be seen standing in the skies, dividing the wind with her sword.

There was a crash of thunder, and he flew up to the skies and disappeared.

The messenger of the skies dismounted, stepped into the tree and looked about him.

Hens and hounds picked and licked it up, and all flew up into the skies.

I will bear him to the skies,That he may have the greater fall.


c.1200, "a cloud," from Old Norse sky "cloud," from Proto-Germanic *skeujam "cloud, cloud cover" (cf. Old English sceo, Old Saxon scio "cloud, region of the clouds, sky;" Old High German scuwo, Old English scua, Old Norse skuggi "shadow;" Gothic skuggwa "mirror"), from PIE root *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal" (see hide (n.1)).

Meaning "upper regions of the air" is attested from c.1300; replaced native heofon in this sense (see heaven). In Middle English, the word can still mean both "cloud" and "heaven," as still in the skies, originally "the clouds." Sky-high is from 1812; phrase the sky's the limit is attested from 1908. Sky-dive first recorded 1965; sky-writing is from 1922.