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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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Other Words from brooding

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

Examples of brooding in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the broader history of teenage heroines, Selah, Devi, and Ellie aren’t uniquely conniving, lustful, or brooding. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Secret Lives of Teenage Sidekicks," 26 May 2020 Mosquera is affable and light-hearted and on the surface comes across nothing like his brooding alter ego Beltran -- who often portrays a bad boy image, but is ultimately misunderstood -- though the actor says the two share some similarities. Matias Grez, CNN, "From footballer to Netflix superstar: How Jesus Mosquera became one of Spain's top actors," 20 May 2020 Thirty years separate Woody Allen’s darkly brooding comedy-drama from Josh and Benny Safdie’s ferociously amped Adam Sandler-starring thriller. Los Angeles Times, "From ‘Ten Commandments’ to ‘Uncut Gems,’ here are 12 great movies for Passover and Easter," 10 Apr. 2020 Ridged cactus corals are brooding coral, meaning to reproduce, only their sperm -- not the eggs -- are released into the water. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "The Florida Aquarium just became the first in the world to reproduce ridged cactus coral in human care," 22 Apr. 2020 Known as brooding corals, these hermaphroditic specimens reproduce by releasing sperm into the water that then fertilize eggs inside the parent corals. NBC News, "In a tiny explosion of birth, coral scientists see hope for endangered reefs," 22 Apr. 2020 The camera will rotate between the incubator and brooding pen until the chicks are ready to move into an outdoor environment. oregonlive, "LIVE: Watch OSU chicks hatch in real time," 30 Mar. 2020 Technical problems with specific technologies aside, the aircraft carrier faces two brooding issues: cost and anti-carrier weapons. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Are We Nearing the End of the Supercarrier?," 12 Mar. 2020 For fans of Doremus, the movie, which is debuting its first trailer here on Refinery29 after premiering last year at Toronto Film Festival, hits all the marks: hot cast, brooding romance, and mostly improvised dialogue. Morgan Baila,, "Shailene Woodley Is In A Toxic Love Triangle In New Romantic Drama Endings, Beginnings," 19 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of brooding

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Brooding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of brooding

: very serious and sad

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