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[broo-dee] /ˈbru di/
adjective, broodier, broodiest.
moody; gloomy.
inclined to sit on eggs:
a broody hen.
Origin of broody
First recorded in 1505-15; brood + -y1
Related forms
broodiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for broody
Historical Examples
  • There were six, but two of them were broody and went off to steal their nests.

    The Lost Wagon James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • broody hens cannot always be obtained at the time they are wanted.

    Our Domestic Birds John H. Robinson
  • She was so broody that she actually insisted on sitting on a Liebig pot.

  • Also a prefix, denoting augmentation: a. superior; high; broody: ad.

    A Pocket Dictionary William Richards
  • A broody blackbird 'chinked' anxiously, and a pigeon wheeled aside with a 'swoof.'

    Lives of the Fur Folk M. D. Haviland
  • Toulouse and Chinese are perhaps the least broody of the breeds and are sometimes termed non-broody.

    Ducks and Geese Harry M. Lamon
  • When she shows that she is broody and has stopped laying she should be given a sitting of eggs which will consist of 10 or 11.

    Ducks and Geese Harry M. Lamon
  • The chickens may be saved either by removing them to other broody hens or by putting them in a flannel wrapping in a warm place.

    Our Domestic Birds John H. Robinson
  • Because the broody hen makes a clucking noise, she is sometimes called a clucking hen.

    Our Domestic Birds John H. Robinson
  • When a hen is broody, take her off the nest the first night and put her into the new place with an artificial egg or two.

British Dictionary definitions for broody


adjective broodier, broodiest
moody; meditative; introspective
(of poultry) wishing to sit on or hatch eggs
(informal) (of a woman) wishing to have a baby of her own
Derived Forms
broodiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for broody

1510s, "apt to breed," from brood (v.) + -y (2). Figuratively, of persons, from 1851. Also, in modern use, sometimes "full of maternal yearning." Related: Broodily; broodiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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