Origin of moody
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Examples from the Web for moodiness
He claimed “she was capable of saying things of such majestic narcissism” and that “her moodiness was unpredictable and extreme.”11 Revelations From Salman Rushdie’s Memoir, ‘Joseph Anton’
The Daily Beast
September 18, 2012
She was also drawn to qualities in Vadim that reminded her of her father: his introversion, his moodiness, his seductive demeanor.Jane Fonda’s New Biography: 14 Juicy Bits
August 23, 2011
He needed encouragement to overcome his alienation and moodiness, not vicious swipes.The Greatest Football Player That Never Was
February 10, 2011
"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.
Yet Matty had been of service and perhaps her moodiness was caused by a suppressed affection.
There is the evidence of extreme reticence and moodiness in Fuller always.Adventures in the Arts
- 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 moodiness
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.