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moody

[moo-dee] /ˈmu di/
adjective, moodier, moodiest.
1.
given to gloomy, depressed, or sullen moods; ill-humored.
2.
proceeding from or showing such a mood:
a moody silence.
3.
expressing or exhibiting sharply varying moods; temperamental.
Origin of moody
900
before 900; Middle English mody, Old English mōdig. See mood1, -y1
Related forms
moodily, adverb
moodiness, noun
unmoody, adjective
Synonyms
1. sulky, morose, brooding; glowering.
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Examples from the Web for moodily
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  • He gazed with an interest too moodily self-centered for easy inciting.

  • "I wish dad wasn't so—" began Wally moodily, and let it go at that.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • I asked, with the strange steadiness that sometimes follows a crushing blow, and Thorn moodily shook his head.

    The Mistress of Bonaventure Harold Bindloss
  • "I never lifted a finger to get them," said Arthur, moodily.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • The prisoner still sat on the feed box, moodily staring at the floor.

    The Little Regiment Stephen Crane
  • "She gave me a knife my last birthday," said Edward, moodily, never budging.

    The Golden Age Kenneth Grahame
  • "It is over," said Du Guesclin moodily, as he raised her drooping head with his strong brown hand.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • “He is playing the hero of a romance,” said the land baron, moodily.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • One is rampant just when another is moodily silent; one wishes to sleep when another must shout or split.

  • “All I know is, he served in Algiers,” said Mauville, moodily.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
British Dictionary definitions for moodily

moody

/ˈmuːdɪ/
adjective moodier, moodiest
1.
sullen, sulky, or gloomy
2.
temperamental or changeable
Derived Forms
moodily, adverb
moodiness, noun

Moody

/ˈmuːdɪ/
noun
1.
Dwight Lyman. 1837–99, US evangelist and hymnodist, noted for his revivalist campaigns in Britain and the US with I. D. Sankey
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Word Origin and History for moodily

moody

adj.

Old English modig "brave, proud, high-spirited, impetuous, arrogant," from Proto-Germanic *modago- (cf. Old Saxon modag, Dutch moedig, German mutig, Old Norse moðugr); see mood (1) + -y (2). Meaning "subject to gloomy spells" is first recorded 1590s (via a Middle English sense of "angry").

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moodily in Medicine

moody mood·y (mōō'dē)
adj. mood·i·er, mood·i·est

  1. Given to frequent changes of mood; temperamental.

  2. Subject to periods of depression; sulky.

  3. Expressive of a mood, especially a sullen or gloomy mood.

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