adjective, moodier, moodiest.
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.

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

moodily, adverb
moodiness, noun
unmoody, adjective

1. sulky, morose, brooding; glowering. Unabridged


Dwight Lyman [lahy-muhn] , 1837–99, U.S. evangelist.
Helen Wills, Wills, Helen Newington.
William Vaughn [vawn] , 1869–1910, U.S. poet and playwright. Unabridged
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moody (ˈmuːdɪ)
adj , moodier, moodiest
1.  sullen, sulky, or gloomy
2.  temperamental or changeable

Moody (ˈmuːdɪ)
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 & History

O.E. modig "brave, proud, high-spirited;" meaning "subject to gloomy spells" is first recorded 1590s (via a M.E. sense of "angry"); see mood (1).
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moody mood·y (mōō'dē)
adj. mood·i·er, mood·i·est

  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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