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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
1505-1515
1505-15; brood + -y1
Related forms
broodiness, noun
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  • We monitored broods and recorded brood activity or adults exhibiting broody behavior at each site.
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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 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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