adjective, broodier, broodiest.
moody; gloomy.
inclined to sit on eggs: a broody hen.

1505–15; brood + -y1

broodiness, noun Unabridged
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broody (ˈbruːdɪ)
adj , 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

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1510s, "apt to breed," from brood (q.v.). Figuratively, of persons, from 1851. Also, in modern use, sometimes "full of maternal yearning."
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We monitored broods and recorded brood activity or adults exhibiting broody behavior at each site.
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