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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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 Perry became a teen idol playing the brooding bad boy Dylan McKay on the Fox drama between 1990 and 2000 before going on to star in movies like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and 8 Seconds. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Luke Perry of 'Beverly Hills, 90210' and 'Riverdale' Is Hospitalized After Suffering a Stroke," 28 Feb. 2019 Meanwhile, the more private volume is clad primarily in wood, which adds a modern and brooding intimacy to contrast with the more public component. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "This house in Tokyo brings the street inside—literally," 14 Aug. 2018 In Netflix's witchy new series, the characters known as the Weird Sisters — played by Tati Gabrielle, Abigail F. Cowen, and Adeline Rudolph — are always seen wearing intense lipstick colors to match their brooding, powerful presence. Marci Robin, Allure, "The Lipsticks Worn by the Witches of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Are Surprisingly Pricey," 1 Nov. 2018 Much writhing and brooding and elegant despairing follows. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: The Union of Death and Desire," 22 Nov. 2018 Duse was more ascetic, with her dark, brooding look. Rachel Shteir, WSJ, "‘Playing to the Gods’ Review: Avatars of Female Anguish," 23 Aug. 2018 For many of your peers, Scorpio season will feel intensely dark, brooding, and emotional. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's October 2018 Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Sep. 2018 The project offers a brooding reflection on love, whether for the singer's titular hometown, his young daughter, a significant other, or himself. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Elton John and Husband David Furnish Tell 6LACK About Sending Each Other Weekly Love Letters for 25 Years," 26 Sep. 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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a strong desire or propensity

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