\ ˈmü-dē How to pronounce moody (audio) \
moodier; moodiest

Definition of moody

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : subject to depression : gloomy
2 : subject to moods : temperamental
3 : expressive of a mood


biographical name
Moo·​dy | \ ˈmü-dē How to pronounce Moody (audio) \

Definition of Moody (Entry 2 of 2)

Dwight Lyman 1837–1899 American evangelist

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from moody


moodily \ ˈmü-​də-​lē How to pronounce moodily (audio) \ adverb
moodiness \ ˈmü-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce moodiness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for moody

Synonyms: Adjective


Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of moody in a Sentence


I don't know why I get so moody sometimes. She's a moody woman—she can be happy one minute and angry the next. The room's moody lighting suggested mystery and romance.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The bar has dark wood and deep colors, chandeliers, art and moody lighting. Briana Rice,, "Here are 10 of the best LGBTQ-friendly bars in Cincinnati," 14 June 2019 The canvas is covered in moody indigo and vibrant crimson. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Trump scores on his own goal," 16 July 2018 The outfits ranged in intensity from a moody, deep plum ensemble with exaggerated shoulders to a glittering, iridescent two piece--all with the boots to match, obviously! Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "Every Outfit Ariana Grande Wore For Her Coachella Weekend 1 Performance," 15 Apr. 2019 The stereotype of the moody, rebellious, reckless teenager is deeply ingrained in American culture. Jennifer Breheny Wallace, WSJ, "Don’t Think the Worst About Your Teenager," 30 Jan. 2019 Groff’s favored stylistic tone to describe these predicaments is straightforward but moody and metaphorical — magical realism without the sparkle and sense of wonder. Mark Athitakis,, "A sensational ill wind blows through Lauren Groff's short story collection, 'Florida'," 8 June 2018 In an Instagram carousel of 3 moody, black-and-white images, Selena is seen peeking over her shoulder in white top, looking through a magnifying glass, and lying on a bed half covered in shadow. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Selena Gomez Breaks Her Silence To Thank Fans on Instagram After Year Of "Challenges"," 14 Jan. 2019 Roeg’s works were renowned for his distinctive cinematography style, which was often nontraditionally moody and beautifully dark. Vogue, "The Man Who Fell to Earth," 24 Nov. 2018 Up a flight of stone steps, beneath fluttering prayer flags, the house stands on a wide terrace flanked by moody pines. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "On Your Next Trip to Nepal, Rent the House Sir Edmund Hillary Loved," 20 Dec. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'moody.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of moody


1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about moody

Dictionary Entries near moody

mood music

mood ring

mood swing





Statistics for moody

Last Updated

24 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for moody

The first known use of moody was in 1593

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for moody



English Language Learners Definition of moody

: often unhappy or unfriendly
: having moods that change often
: creating a certain mood or feeling


\ ˈmü-dē How to pronounce moody (audio) \
moodier; moodiest

Kids Definition of moody

: often feeling or showing a gloomy or a bad frame of mind

Other Words from moody

moodily \ ˈmü-​də-​lē \ adverb
moodiness \ ˈmüd-​ē-​nəs \ noun

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on moody

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with moody

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for moody

Spanish Central: Translation of moody

Nglish: Translation of moody for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of moody for Arabic Speakers

Comments on moody

What made you want to look up moody? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to take the place or position of

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!