SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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. Origin of moody before 900; Middle English mody, Old English mōdig.
-y 1 Related forms mood·i·ly, adverb mood·i·ness, noun un·mood·y, adjective
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Examples from the Web for moodily Historical Examples of moodily
"I am many years older than Maltravers," muttered Vargrave,
"I wish dad wasn't so—" began Wally
moodily, and let it go at that.
"I never lifted a finger to get them," said Arthur,
"She gave me a knife my last birthday," said Edward,
moodily, never budging.
“All I know is, he served in Algiers,” said Mauville,
moodily. British Dictionary definitions for moodily adjective moodier or moodiest sullen, sulky, or gloomy temperamental or changeable Derived Forms moodily, adverb moodiness, noun 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 moodily adj.
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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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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