brood·​ing | \ˈbrü-diŋ \

Definition of brooding 

1 : moodily or sullenly thoughtful or serious a brooding genius a brooding, embittered man

2 : darkly somber a brooding landscape a quiet, brooding atmosphere brooding, violent images reminiscent of … film noir …— Tracy Hopkins

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broodingly adverb
a broodingly handsome actor Gardner gazes broodingly at the camera … — Kathleen Murphy

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Jordan was up against Audrey Plaza's manic Lenny in Legion, the brooding Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and the purple, eight-foot tall, potential zaddy Thanos (Josh Brolin) of Avengers: Infinity War., "Michael B. Jordan Thinks Roseanne Barr Should've Walked Away With Best Villain," 19 June 2018 This geometric masterpiece, suitable for indoors and out, is the cheery garden gnome’s brooding, Brutalist cousin. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "The garden gnome gets a Brutalist makeover," 16 May 2018 In a staircase that leads to a Manhattan penthouse’s terrace, New York designers Alexandra Pappas and Tatyana Miron delivered a brooding forecast with a sprinkle of whimsy. Tim Gavan, WSJ, "Five Stairways Go From Dull to Dramatic," 13 July 2018 Carl moved to Amsterdam in 2005 to marry a lovely Dutch man whose disposition is a buoyant counterpoint to our family’s brooding nature. Molly Selvin,, "In Vienna, time for creating new memories and revisiting the old," 8 July 2018 The brooding display of monstrous images really doesn’t need a running commentary of interpretation. Charles Desmarais,, "Summer exhibition at Hosfelt Gallery a monstrous affair," 6 July 2018 The other thing about Faith that makes her different from some of the more brooding, cerebral superheroes on the market?, "Superhero Movies Have Heard Us: We Are Finally Getting A Plus-Size Heroine," 5 July 2018 Dom Sovietov -- the House of Soviets -- has a brooding presence that looms large over the FIFA fan zone in this Russian outpost near the Baltic coast. Washington Post, "Unused Soviet-era office block looms over World Cup fans," 28 June 2018 Daryl’s popularity, after all, has long relied on his brooding charm. Rachel Cavanaugh, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Walking Dead': Why a Daryl-Aaron Romance Is a Good Idea (Opinion)," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of brooding

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of brooding was in 1818

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