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[moo-dee] /ˈmu di/
adjective, moodier, moodiest.
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. See mood1, -y1
Related forms
moodily, adverb
moodiness, noun
unmoody, adjective
1. sulky, morose, brooding; glowering. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for moodily
Historical Examples
  • He gazed with an interest too moodily self-centered for easy inciting.

  • Yes,” said Mark moodily; “my duty is to Rich here, my promised wife.

    The Bag of Diamonds George Manville Fenn
  • I asked, with the strange steadiness that sometimes follows a crushing blow, and Thorn moodily shook his head.

    The Mistress of Bonaventure Harold Bindloss
  • On our way home, Brutus said moodily, 'It is all over between us—you saw that?'

    The Talking Horse F. Anstey
  • The prisoner still sat on the feed box, moodily staring at the floor.

    The Little Regiment Stephen Crane
  • moodily, she looked down at the water swirling round the rocks.

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
  • "It is over," said Du Guesclin moodily, as he raised her drooping head with his strong brown hand.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • I watched them moodily, plunged in an extraordinary vein of thought.

    The Blue Germ Martin Swayne
  • One is rampant just when another is moodily silent; one wishes to sleep when another must shout or split.

  • "If I don't, nobody will believe it," said the young man, moodily.

    A True Friend Adeline Sergeant
British Dictionary definitions for moodily


adjective moodier, 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 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").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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moodily in Medicine

moody mood·y (mōō'dē)
adj. mood·i·er, mood·i·est

  1. Given to frequent changes of mood; temperamental.

  2. Subject to periods of depression; sulky.

  3. Expressive of a mood, especially a sullen or gloomy mood.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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