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moody Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun United States tennis player who dominated women's tennis in the 1920s and 1930s (1905-1998)
    Helen Newington Wills; Helen Wills Moody; Helen Wills.
  2. noun United States evangelist (1837-1899)
    Dwight Lyman Moody.
  3. adjective satellite showing a brooding ill humor
    saturnine; dour; morose; sour; dark; glum; glowering; sullen.
    • a dark scowl
    • the proverbially dour New England Puritan
    • a glum, hopeless shrug
    • he sat in moody silence
    • a morose and unsociable manner
    • a saturnine, almost misanthropic young genius"- Bruce Bliven
    • a sour temper
    • a sullen crowd
  4. adjective satellite subject to sharply varying moods
    • a temperamental opera singer

Mood"y adjective
AS. modig courageous.
comparative Moodier ; superlative Moodiest
  1. Subject to varying moods, especially to states of mind which are unamiable or depressed.
  2. Hence: Out of humor; peevish; angry; fretful; also, abstracted and pensive; sad; gloomy; melancholy. "Every peevish, moody malcontent." Rowe.
    Arouse thee from thy moody dream! Sir W. Scott.
    Syn. -- Gloomy; pensive; sad; fretful; capricious.

Webster 1913

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