Origin of brooding
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of brood
Synonyms for brood
Related Words for broodingdaydream, grieve, meditate, sulk, mope, ruminate, fret, gloom, ponder, consider, deliberate, sigh, repine, despond, muse, reflect, lament, speculate, dream, bleed
Examples from the Web for brooding
Contemporary Examples of brooding
Carell is good in a brooding, atmospheric movie but Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo are better.Channing Tatum Is the Real Star of ‘Foxcatcher'
October 23, 2014
In the Jockey ad, half of Jim Palmer's princely, brooding face is fully lighted, the other half is masked in shadow.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
I had left a party early, brooding about why I felt so strongly about something that, ostensibly, had “nothing to do with me.”Men Without a Country: Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, My Father and Me
August 12, 2014
Hollywood is gripped by an obsession so all-consuming that no blockbuster is safe from its brooding influence.The Ghastly ‘Maleficent’ and Why It’s Time For Hollywood to Kill the Dark Reboot
May 31, 2014
Nine times out of ten, it will conjure up an image of a brooding, sweaty, long-haired hunk.Taylor Kitsch on ‘The Normal Heart,’ Homophobic Right-Wingers, and Gays in the Military
May 23, 2014
Historical Examples of brooding
Christopher stood silent, as if brooding on what he had seen.Weighed and Wanting
The birds, silent all in the brooding of night, rise ghostly to right and left.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
He sat with his head bent and his elbow on his knee; brooding, brooding, brooding.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
So she prepared for the possible future, not by brooding on it, but by doing the work of the present.Heather and Snow
Kay said nothing, but a brooding anger began to fill his heart.
- to sit on or hatch (eggs)
- (tr)to cover (young birds) protectively with the wings
Word Origin for brood
1640s, "hovering, overhanging" (as a mother bird does her nest), from present participle of brood (v.); meaning "that dwells moodily" first attested 1818 (in "Frankenstein").
"action of incubating," c.1400, verbal noun from brood (v.). Figuratively (of weather, etc.) from 1805; of mental fixations by 1873. Related: Broodingly.
Old English brod "brood, fetus, hatchling," from Proto-Germanic *brod (cf. Middle Dutch broet, Old High German bruot, German Brut "brood"), literally "that which is hatched by heat," from *bro- "to warm, heat," from PIE *bhre- "burn, heat, incubate," from root *bhreue- "to boil, bubble, effervesce, burn" (see brew (v.)).