Origin of moody
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Examples from the Web for moodily
"I am many years older than Maltravers," muttered Vargrave, moodily.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
"I wish dad wasn't so—" began Wally moodily, and let it go at that.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
"I never lifted a finger to get them," said Arthur, moodily.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
"She gave me a knife my last birthday," said Edward, moodily, never budging.The Golden Age
“All I know is, he served in Algiers,” said Mauville, moodily.The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
- sullen, sulky, or gloomy
- temperamental or changeable
- Dwight Lyman. 1837–99, US evangelist and hymnodist, noted for his revivalist campaigns in Britain and the US with I. D. Sankey
Word Origin and History for moodily
Old English 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").
- Given to frequent changes of mood; temperamental.
- Subject to periods of depression; sulky.
- Expressive of a mood, especially a sullen or gloomy mood.