adjective, mood·i·er, mood·i·est.
  1. given to gloomy, depressed, or sullen moods; ill-humored.
  2. proceeding from or showing such a mood: a moody silence.
  3. expressing or exhibiting sharply varying moods; temperamental.

Origin of moody

before 900; Middle English mody, Old English mōdig. See mood1, -y1
Related formsmood·i·ly, adverbmood·i·ness, nounun·mood·y, adjective

Synonyms for moody

1. sulky, morose, brooding; glowering. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for moodier

Historical Examples of 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


adjective moodier or moodiest
  1. sullen, sulky, or gloomy
  2. temperamental or changeable
Derived Formsmoodily, adverbmoodiness, noun


  1. 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



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

moodier in Medicine


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