Definition of brooding in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbruːdɪŋ/


1Engaged in or showing deep thought about something that makes one sad, angry, or worried: he stared with brooding eyes
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  • In one he gazed off in deep thought, brooding and handsome, in the other he was smiling to charm the lens off the camera.
  • Matt Johnson's deep, brooding voice gets prominence in the mix, and is often double-tracked.
  • There's a definite tone of brooding, even angry, determination to the record.
1.1Appearing darkly menacing: the brooding moorland
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  • He has covered a range of photographic genres and, since the late 1980s, concentrated on still life and brooding English landscapes.
  • The middle ground may be humdrum, but when Tetra Splendour aim high, they score big - raw, powerful songs filled with the feel of a brooding landscape.
  • His threatening, brooding black and white shots of the gangs of North London brought him to the attention of newspapers and he was soon working for the Sunday Times.



Example sentences
  • His subsequent solo output has been marked by restraint, with broodingly elegiac melodies underpinning a more shaded, if still downbeat, lyrical outlook.
  • The sky is broodingly grey over the humid downs of the Barkly Tableland as a mob of well-fed white Brahman cows and calves quietly shift across the green expanse.
  • And lamenting the far away, almost invisible picture of the broodingly handsome Jeff Buckley when you search for him.

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