brooding

adjective
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

Examples of brooding in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By contrast, Lagrein is more brooding and robust, with inky, concentrated color and notes of tart blackberry and plum, bitter cherry, dark cocoa powder, and even a little meatiness. Jessica Dupuy, Forbes, 11 Mar. 2021 In the broader history of teenage heroines, Selah, Devi, and Ellie aren’t uniquely conniving, lustful, or brooding. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 12 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of brooding

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Brooding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brooding. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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brooding

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of brooding

: very serious and sad

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