Use the adjective overcast when you're describing a cloudy sky. An overcast day can be dark, cold, and gloomy, or just quiet and calm.

A day that's gray and cloudy is overcast, and a dull, sunless sky can also be described this way. A less common way to use overcast is when you talk about sewing — an overcast stitch catches the edge of the fabric to keep it from fraying — and the stitch itself is sometimes called an overcast. Before the weather-related adjective was coined, overcast was a verb meaning "to cover" or "to overthrow."

Definitions of overcast
  1. adjective
    filled or abounding with clouds
    synonyms: cloud-covered, clouded, sunless
    full of or covered with clouds
  2. noun
    the state of the sky when it is covered by clouds
    synonyms: cloud cover, cloudiness
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    type of:
    bad weather, inclemency, inclementness
    weather unsuitable for outdoor activities
  3. noun
    gloomy semidarkness caused by cloud cover
    synonyms: cloudiness
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    type of:
    partial darkness
  4. verb
    make overcast or cloudy
    “Fall weather often overcasts our beaches”
    synonyms: cloud
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    brighten, clear, clear up, light up
    become clear
    fog up
    get foggy
    become hazy, dull, or cloudy
    type of:
    make dark or darker
  5. noun
    a long whipstitch or overhand stitch overlying an edge to prevent raveling
    synonyms: overcasting
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    type of:
    whipping, whipstitch, whipstitching
    a sewing stitch passing over an edge diagonally
  6. noun
    a cast that falls beyond the intended spot
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    cast, casting
    the act of throwing a fishing line out over the water by means of a rod and reel
  7. verb
    sew over the edge of with long slanting wide stitches
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    sew (two edges) with close stitches that pass over them both
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    run up, sew, sew together, stitch
    fasten by sewing; do needlework
  8. verb
    sew with an overcast stitch from one section to the next
    overcast books”
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    type of:
    run up, sew, sew together, stitch
    fasten by sewing; do needlework
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