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broody

[broo-dee] /ˈbru di/
adjective, broodier, broodiest.
1.
moody; gloomy.
2.
inclined to sit on eggs:
a broody hen.
Origin of broody
1505-1515
1505-15; brood + -y1
Related forms
broodiness, noun
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  • When a hen shows signs of broodiness remove her to the sitting-room.

    The Dollar Hen Milo M. Hastings
  • No special means are taken to break them of broodiness other than not to allow them eggs to sit on.

    Ducks and Geese Harry M. Lamon
British Dictionary definitions for broodiness

broody

/ˈbruːdɪ/
adjective broodier, broodiest
1.
moody; meditative; introspective
2.
(of poultry) wishing to sit on or hatch eggs
3.
(informal) (of a woman) wishing to have a baby of her own
Derived Forms
broodiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for broodiness

broody

adj.

1510s, "apt to breed," from brood (v.) + -y (2). Figuratively, of persons, from 1851. Also, in modern use, sometimes "full of maternal yearning." Related: Broodily; broodiness.

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