Synonyms Examples Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com adjective, mood·i·er, mood·i·est. given to gloomy, depressed, or sullen moods; ill-humored. proceeding from or showing such a mood: a moody silence. expressing or exhibiting sharply varying moods; temperamental. Origin of moody before 900; Middle English mody, Old English mōdig.
-y 1 Related forms mood·i·ly, adverb mood·i·ness, noun un·mood·y, adjective
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Examples from the Web for moodier Historical Examples The wintry hillsides were no moodier than his eyes, and the sullen skies no more darkly lowering. Indeed, in my moodier moments it sometimes seemed to me that I could not move a step without stubbing my toe on the woman. British Dictionary definitions for moodier adjective moodier or moodiest sullen, sulky, or gloomy temperamental or changeable Derived Forms moodily, adverb moodiness, noun Dwight Lyman. 1837–99, US evangelist and hymnodist, noted for his revivalist campaigns in Britain and the US with I. D. Sankey
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Word Origin and History for moodier moody adj.
modig "brave, proud, high-spirited, impetuous, arrogant," from Proto-Germanic *modago- (cf. Old Saxon modag, Dutch moedig, German mutig, Old Norse moðugr); see mood (1) + -y (2). Meaning "subject to gloomy spells" is first recorded 1590s (via a Middle English sense of "angry").
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moody (mōō ′dē) Given to frequent changes of mood; temperamental. Subject to periods of depression; sulky. Expressive of a mood, especially a sullen or gloomy mood.
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