brood·​ing | \ ˈbrü-diŋ How to pronounce brooding (audio) \

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

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Its once-gleaming buildings are dark and brooding — windows gone, interiors looted, hallways littered with crumbling books. Dallas News, "Decades after nuclear disaster, tourism is booming at Chernobyl," 18 June 2019 Imagine a show about a brooding male lead whose confusion about his true parentage — caused by his father, who died before telling him the truth — causes him to develop feelings for his aunt. Abbey Maxbauer,, "R29 Binge Club: Netflix's Dark Season 2 Recap," 25 June 2019 As kids the two made a complementary pairing, with Abby as the brooding creative genius and Elise the outgoing performer. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: Friendships, Rivalries, Hierarchies & Reversals," 21 June 2019 The children were unremarkable, too: an older girl already drawing away from the family, buffered by an invisible wall of brooding solitude; a younger boy who yelled with excitement at nearly everything that happened in this new, fascinating place. Adam O’fallon Price, Harper's magazine, "The Maid’s Story," 10 June 2019 In fact, the weather was fitting for the angsty mood that her delicate, wilting vocals and dark, honest lyrics create over the brooding tracks that her brother and co-writer Finneas O’Connell create. Seth A. Mcconnell, The Know, "PHOTOS: Billie Eilish performs as rain pours at Red Rocks," 6 June 2019 By age 34, this brooding, intellectual, deeply religious Brazilian genius had dominated Formula One for a decade. Sam Walker, WSJ, "Racing With Mindful Abandon," 4 May 2019 In the Martyre campaign, Hadid flexes his modeling chops alongside Georgia Fowler and Abdulaye Niang, looking longingly at the camera with a brooding stare while a neck full of layered chains hangs against his chest. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Anwar Hadid Wants Everyone to Wear His Unisex Jewelry Label," 8 Apr. 2019 That puts a heavy burden on Ms. McAdams, who with some cursory lines of dialogue, a lot of brooding dark looks and some behind-doors weeping needs to make a persuasive case for why Esti stayed in this world and with her husband. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Review: The Flesh Is Willing in ‘Disobedience’," 25 Apr. 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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English Language Learners Definition of brooding

: very serious and sad

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