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brooding

[broo-ding] /ˈbru dɪŋ/
adjective
1.
preoccupied with depressing, morbid, or painful memories or thoughts:
a brooding frame of mind.
2.
cast in subdued light so as to convey a somewhat threatening atmosphere:
Dusk fell on the brooding hills.
Origin of brooding
1810-1820
1810-20 for def 1; 1640-50 for def 2; brood + -ing2
Related forms
broodingly, adverb
nonbrooding, adjective, noun
unbrooding, adjective
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Word Origin and History for broodingly

brooding

adj.

1640s, "hovering, overhanging" (as a mother bird does her nest), from present participle of brood (v.); meaning "that dwells moodily" first attested 1818 (in "Frankenstein").

n.

"action of incubating," c.1400, verbal noun from brood (v.). Figuratively (of weather, etc.) from 1805; of mental fixations by 1873. Related: Broodingly.

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