broody

[ broo-dee ]
/ ˈbru di /
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adjective, brood·i·er, brood·i·est.

moody; gloomy.
inclined to sit on eggs: a broody hen.

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

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

    The Dollar Hen|Milo M. Hastings

British Dictionary definitions for broodiness

broody

/ (ˈbruːdɪ) /

adjective broodier or broodiest

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

broody


adj.

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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