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broody

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adjective \ˈbrü-dē\

Simple Definition of broody

  • : serious and sad

  • of a hen : ready to lay and sit on eggs

  • of a woman : wanting to have a baby

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of broody

  1. 1 :  being in a state of readiness to brood eggs that is characterized by cessation of laying and by marked changes in behavior and physiology <a broody hen>

  2. 2 :  given or conducive to introspection :  contemplative, moody

broodiness noun

Examples of broody in a sentence

  1. a movie with a dark and broody atmosphere

  2. <he spent a long, broody weekend trying to figure out where his relationship with his girlfriend was headed>



1523

First Known Use of broody

1523

Rhymes with broody


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