Definition of moody in English:


Syllabification: mood·y
Pronunciation: /ˈmo͞odē

adjective (moodier, moodiest)

1(Of a person) given to unpredictable changes of mood, especially sudden bouts of gloominess or sullenness: she met his moody adolescent brother
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  • I love her, but at the moment she's moody, distant and unreachable.
  • The smell in the wards and the moody patients made him keep his distance and caused him to lose his appetite for lunch.
  • He also didn't seem paralysed, and while he was oddly moody in his last weeks, nothing seemed physically wrong.
temperamental, emotional, volatile, capricious, changeable, mercurial;
sullen, sulky, morose, glum, depressed, dejected, despondent, doleful, dour, sour, saturnine, manic-depressive
informal blue, down in the dumps, down in/at the mouth
1.1Giving an impression of melancholy or mystery: grainy film that gives a soft, moody effect
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  • They're equally comfortable with energetic rock as they are with slow, moody and melancholy tunes.
  • Blacks and shadow have great depth and detail with none of the moody lighting or fog effects lost.
  • Even songs like The Joker sound moody and soulful.


Old English mōdig 'brave or willful' (see mood1, -y1).



Pronunciation: /ˈmo͞odl-ē/
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  • He mooched up and down on the gravel path, moodily kicking the gravel and giving a good impersonation of a teenager looking for trouble.
  • I'd much rather stare moodily out a window than make small talk.
  • ‘You heard me,’ He spoke moodily, not bothering to look at me.


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  • We will try not to let anger, resentment, or moodiness get the upper hand in the atmosphere of our home.
  • A lack of sleep may lead to moodiness, irritability and a tendency to fly off the handle.
  • However, the classic symptoms of drug mis-use are having unusually late hours, moodiness and secretive behaviour.

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