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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Other Words from brooding

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

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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 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

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First Known Use of brooding

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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