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adjective, brood·i·er, brood·i·est.
  1. moody; gloomy.
  2. inclined to sit on eggs: a broody hen.
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Origin of broody

First recorded in 1505–15; brood + -y1
Related formsbrood·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for broodiness

Historical Examples

  • When a hen shows signs of broodiness remove her to the sitting-room.

    The Dollar Hen

    Milo M. Hastings

  • No special means are taken to break them of broodiness other than not to allow them eggs to sit on.

    Ducks and Geese

    Harry M. Lamon

British Dictionary definitions for broodiness


adjective broodier or broodiest
  1. moody; meditative; introspective
  2. (of poultry) wishing to sit on or hatch eggs
  3. informal (of a woman) wishing to have a baby of her own
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Derived Formsbroodiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for broodiness



1510s, "apt to breed," from brood (v.) + -y (2). Figuratively, of persons, from 1851. Also, in modern use, sometimes "full of maternal yearning." Related: Broodily; broodiness.

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