Origin of moody
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- Dwight Ly·man [lahy-muh n] /ˈlaɪ mən/, 1837–99, U.S. evangelist.
- Helen Wills. Wills, Helen Newington.
- William Vaughn [vawn] /vɔn/, 1869–1910, U.S. poet and playwright.
Examples from the Web for moody
Risking a $1,500 HKD fine, nearly $200 USD, their cover of the moment was a moody song by Coldplay.Why Won’t Hong Kong Get Down With Hip-Hop?
June 10, 2014
Underneath was someone who looked a lot more like me and the other young writers I knew: anxious, moody, paranoid.Mark Twain, Writing Coach and Role Model
April 19, 2014
Too experimental and moody for the purists and too conventional for the risk seekers, it barely registered.U2 Drops ‘Invisible’ to Remind You the Band Exists
February 9, 2014
We may think it has to do with some moody pall over his administration right now.Obama Loves ‘Breaking Bad’ Because Of Course He Does
December 30, 2013
Implicitly, you understand that you have to do mean and moody.A Picture Says It All Or Does It? Judging an Author by Their Photo
December 10, 2013
“You are too transcendental for me,” growled Ossipon, with moody concern.The Secret Agent
A solitary ruffian, indeed, is moody, but a gang of ruffians are jovial.Night and Morning, Complete
The premier and some of his colleagues observed, however, a moody silence.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
He was silent and moody, and almost gruff on some occasions.One Day's Courtship
But what he had just witnessed plunged his thoughts into a moody channel.The Night Riders
- sullen, sulky, or gloomy
- temperamental or changeable
- Dwight Lyman. 1837–99, US evangelist and hymnodist, noted for his revivalist campaigns in Britain and the US with I. D. Sankey
Word Origin and History for moody
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").
- Given to frequent changes of mood; temperamental.
- Subject to periods of depression; sulky.
- Expressive of a mood, especially a sullen or gloomy mood.