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moody

[moo-dee]
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.
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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.
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Related Words for moodiest

downcast, melancholy, cross, sulky, angry, cantankerous, capricious, changeable, crestfallen, dismal, doleful, dour, erratic, fickle, fitful, flighty, gloomy, glum, huffy, ill-tempered

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Historical Examples of moodiest

  • The regulation of the water level in Gatun Lake is no small task, for the Chagres is one of the world's moodiest streams.

    The Panama Canal

    Frederic Jennings Haskin

  • Her fascination soothed the savage Peter in his moodiest hours.


British Dictionary definitions for moodiest

moody

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

Moody

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 moodiest

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").

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moodiest in Medicine

moody

(mōōdē)
adj.
  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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