Overcast vs Sunny - What's the difference?

overcast | sunny |

As nouns the difference between overcast and sunny

is that overcast is (obsolete) an outcast while sunny is a sunfish.

As adjectives the difference between overcast and sunny

is that overcast is covered with clouds; overshadowed; darkened while sunny is (of weather or a day) featuring a lot of sunshine.

As a verb overcast

is (obsolete) to overthrow.

As an adverb sunny is

(us|regional) sunny side up.




(en noun)
  • (obsolete) An outcast.
  • A cloud covering all of the sky.
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Covered with clouds; overshadowed; darkened.
  • (meteorology) The sky is said to be overcast , when it is more than 90% covered by clouds.
  • (figuratively) In a state of depression; gloomy; melancholy.
  • Verb

  • (obsolete) To overthrow.
  • To cover with cloud; to overshadow; to darken.
  • To make gloomy; to depress.
  • (obsolete) To be or become cloudy.
  • (obsolete) To transform.
  • References

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  • (of weather or a day) Featuring a lot of sunshine.
  • Whilst it may be sunny today, the weather forecast is predicting rain.
  • (of a place) Receiving a lot of sunshine.
  • the sunny side of a hill
    I would describe Spain as sunny , but it's nothing in comparison to the Sahara.
  • (figuratively, of a person or a person's mood) Cheerful.
  • a sunny disposition
  • * Shakespeare
  • My decayed fair / A sunny look of his would soon repair.
  • Of or relating to the sun; proceeding from, or resembling the sun; brilliant; radiant.
  • * Spenser
  • sunny beams
  • * Shakespeare
  • sunny locks


    * bright; sunshiny * (place) sunlit * (person) bright, cheerful

    Derived terms

    * sunnily * sunniness * sunny side up * unsunny


  • (US, regional) sunny side up
  • Noun

  • A sunfish.
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