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Examples from the Web for broodiness
When a hen shows signs of broodiness remove her to the sitting-room.
No special means are taken to break them of broodiness other than not to allow them eggs to sit on.
British Dictionary definitions for broodiness
adjective broodier or broodiestDerived Formsbroodiness, noun
- moody; meditative; introspective
- (of poultry) wishing to sit on or hatch eggs
- informal (of a woman) wishing to have a baby of her own
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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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