broody

[ broo-dee ]
/ ˈbru di /

adjective, brood·i·er, brood·i·est.

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

Nearby words

  1. brood pouch,
  2. brooder,
  3. brooding,
  4. broodingly,
  5. broodmare,
  6. brook,
  7. brook farm,
  8. brook park,
  9. brook trout,
  10. brooke

Origin of broody

First recorded in 1505–15; brood + -y1

Related formsbrood·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for broody

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 broody

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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