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[broo-dee] /ˈbru di/
adjective, broodier, broodiest.
moody; gloomy.
inclined to sit on eggs:
a broody hen.
Origin of broody
1505-15; brood + -y1
Related forms
broodiness, noun Unabridged
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  • 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


adjective broodier, broodiest
moody; meditative; introspective
(of poultry) wishing to sit on or hatch eggs
(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

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
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