moody

[ moo-dee ]
/ ˈmu di /
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adjective, mood·i·er, mood·i·est.

given to gloomy, depressed, or sullen moods; ill-humored.
proceeding from or showing such a mood: a moody silence.
expressing or exhibiting sharply varying moods; temperamental.

Nearby words

  1. mood music,
  2. mood swing,
  3. mood-altering,
  4. moodiness,
  5. moodle,
  6. moody, dwight lyman,
  7. moody, helen wills,
  8. moody, william vaughn,
  9. moog,
  10. moog synthesizer

Origin of moody

before 900; Middle English mody, Old English mōdig. See mood1, -y1

SYNONYMS FOR moody
1. sulky, morose, brooding; glowering.

Related formsmood·i·ly, adverbmood·i·ness, nounun·mood·y, adjective

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Examples from the Web for moodier

  • The wintry hillsides were no moodier than his eyes, and the sullen skies no more darkly lowering.

    When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry|Charles Neville Buck
  • Indeed, in my moodier moments it sometimes seemed to me that I could not move a step without stubbing my toe on the woman.

    Right Ho, Jeeves|P. G. Wodehouse


British Dictionary definitions for moodier

moody

/ (ˈmuːdɪ) /

adjective moodier or moodiest

sullen, sulky, or gloomy
temperamental or changeable
Derived Formsmoodily, adverbmoodiness, noun

Moody

/ (ˈmuːdɪ) /

noun

Dwight Lyman. 1837–99, US evangelist and hymnodist, noted for his revivalist campaigns in Britain and the US with I. D. Sankey
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Word Origin and History for moodier

moody

adj.

Old English modig "brave, proud, high-spirited, impetuous, arrogant," from Proto-Germanic *modago- (cf. Old Saxon modag, Dutch moedig, German mutig, Old Norse moðugr); see mood (1) + -y (2). Meaning "subject to gloomy spells" is first recorded 1590s (via a Middle English sense of "angry").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for moodier

moody

[ mōōdē ]

adj.

Given to frequent changes of mood; temperamental.
Subject to periods of depression; sulky.
Expressive of a mood, especially a sullen or gloomy mood.

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