follow Dictionary.com

Capitol vs. capital? What's the difference?

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for broody
Historical Examples
  • The chickens may be saved either by removing them to other broody hens or by putting them in a flannel wrapping in a warm place.

    Our Domestic Birds John H. Robinson
  • There were six, but two of them were broody and went off to steal their nests.

    The Lost Wagon James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • A broody blackbird 'chinked' anxiously, and a pigeon wheeled aside with a 'swoof.'

    Lives of the Fur Folk M. D. Haviland
  • broody hens cannot always be obtained at the time they are wanted.

    Our Domestic Birds John H. Robinson
  • When a hen is broody, take her off the nest the first night and put her into the new place with an artificial egg or two.

  • Toulouse and Chinese are perhaps the least broody of the breeds and are sometimes termed non-broody.

    Ducks and Geese Harry M. Lamon
  • Exchange Fawn Costume, slight figure, good condition, for two broody hens.

  • When she shows that she is broody and has stopped laying she should be given a sitting of eggs which will consist of 10 or 11.

    Ducks and Geese Harry M. Lamon
  • She will lay three times a year if you succeed in "changing her current of thought" when she is broody.

  • Because the broody hen makes a clucking noise, she is sometimes called a clucking hen.

    Our Domestic Birds John H. Robinson
British Dictionary definitions for broody

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for broody

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for broody

12
12
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for broody