- preoccupied with depressing, morbid, or painful memories or thoughts: a brooding frame of mind.
- cast in subdued light so as to convey a somewhat threatening atmosphere: Dusk fell on the brooding hills.
Origin of brooding
Examples from the Web for broodingly
And yet, Herr Koulas reasoned, broodingly, that there must be one.The Secret Witness
"Yet you know very well, at this moment, that I must leave you," she said broodingly.The Eddy
Clarence L. Cullen
The man—it was impossible to tell if he were old or young—looked at them broodingly.The Metal Moon
Everett C. Smith
I took up the mirror again and broodingly studied the face there.The Planet Savers
Marion Zimmer Bradley
"Mr. Carter stalked in upon us, at dinner--" his wife said, broodingly.Harriet and the Piper
Word Origin and History for broodingly
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.