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


adjective moodier, moodiest
sullen, sulky, or gloomy
temperamental or changeable
Derived Forms
moodily, adverb
moodiness, noun


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



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").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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