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moody

[moo-dee] /ˈmu di/
adjective, moodier, moodiest.
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
900
before 900; Middle English mody, Old English mōdig. See mood1, -y1
Related forms
moodily, adverb
moodiness, noun
unmoody, adjective
Synonyms
1. sulky, morose, brooding; glowering.

Moody

[moo-dee] /ˈmu di/
noun
1.
Dwight Lyman
[lahy-muh n] /ˈlaɪ mən/ (Show IPA),
1837–99, U.S. evangelist.
2.
Helen Wills, Wills, Helen Newington.
3.
William Vaughn
[vawn] /vɔn/ (Show IPA),
1869–1910, U.S. poet and playwright.
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British Dictionary definitions for moody

moody

/ˈmuːdɪ/
adjective moodier, moodiest
1.
sullen, sulky, or gloomy
2.
temperamental or changeable
Derived Forms
moodily, adverb
moodiness, noun

Moody

/ˈmuːdɪ/
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 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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moody in Medicine

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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