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Definition of broody

1 : being in a state of readiness to brood eggs that is characterized by cessation of laying and by marked changes in behavior and physiology a broody hen
2 : given or conducive to introspection : contemplative, moody

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broodiness noun

Examples of broody in a Sentence

a movie with a dark and broody atmosphere he spent a long, broody weekend trying to figure out where his relationship with his girlfriend was headed
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First Known Use of broody

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Broody.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of broody

: serious and sad
of a hen : ready to lay and sit on eggs
British, informal, of a woman : wanting to have a baby

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