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moody

[moo-dee] /ˈmu di/
adjective, moodier, moodiest.
1.
given to gloomy, depressed, or sullen moods; ill-humored.
2.
proceeding from or showing such a mood:
a moody silence.
3.
expressing or exhibiting sharply varying moods; temperamental.
Origin of moody
900
before 900; Middle English mody, Old English mōdig. See mood1, -y1
Related forms
moodily, adverb
moodiness, noun
unmoody, adjective
Synonyms
1. sulky, morose, brooding; glowering.
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Examples from the Web for moodiness
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  • "We must go back," she told him and exulted in his moodiness.

    The Innocent Adventuress Mary Hastings Bradley
  • Philip straightens himself, and his moodiness flies from him.

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • On top of this moodiness a violence of temper, a stewing, cursing, fuming about.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
  • Yet Matty had been of service and perhaps her moodiness was caused by a suppressed affection.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
  • There is the evidence of extreme reticence and moodiness in Fuller always.

    Adventures in the Arts Marsden Hartley
  • But the depression and moodiness on Dangerfields face belied the surmise.

    The Woman Gives

    Owen Johnson
  • He went in the airlock while Brawn stared, for once startled out of moodiness.

    Planet of Dread Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for moodiness

moody

/ˈmuːdɪ/
adjective moodier, moodiest
1.
sullen, sulky, or gloomy
2.
temperamental or changeable
Derived Forms
moodily, adverb
moodiness, noun

Moody

/ˈmuːdɪ/
noun
1.
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 moodiness
n.

Old English modignes "pride, passion, anger;" see moody + -ness. Meaning "condition of being moody" is from 1858.

moody

adj.

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").

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moodiness 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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