moody

adjective
\ ˈmü-dē \
moodier; moodiest

Definition of moody

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Moody

biographical name
Moo·​dy | \ ˈmü-dē \

Definition of Moody (Entry 2 of 2)

Dwight Lyman 1837–1899 American evangelist

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Other Words from moody

Adjective

moodily \ ˈmü-​də-​lē \ adverb
moodiness \ ˈmü-​dē-​nəs \ noun

Synonyms for moody

Synonyms: Adjective

temperamental

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Examples of moody in a Sentence

Adjective

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.
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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 However, 3 is also known to be quite moody, and if 3 feels misunderstood, may withdraw entirely. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The Basics of Numerology: How to Calculate Your Life Path and Destiny Numbers," 16 July 2018 The cinematography by Matthew Libatique (Black Swan) is moody and sinister, a beautiful foundation for the body horror that emerges once Eddie is infected. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Venom is a bizarre and baffling mess," 3 Oct. 2018 Stewart kept the look dark and edgy with moody makeup and a chainlink necklace. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Only Kristen Stewart Could Pull Off a Sweater Dress on the Red Carpet," 17 Sep. 2018 Ranging from similar beat-heavy dance tracks to slowed down, moody R&B ballads, T1 differentiates itself from the countless other albums that have been produced by queens from the show. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Tatianna Spills the Tea on Her New Album, Her Feud With Tyra Sanchez & 'Drag Race' Season 10," 29 May 2018 But Nyman and Dyson show off an impressive range of horror techniques, from quietly moody to thrillingly stylish, while working with a top-shelf cast. Noel Murray, latimes.com, "Classy British 'Ghost Stories' to be savored," 20 Apr. 2018 What Hilary Spurling demonstrates in this shrewd, judicious biography is how much on the fringes of that world the moody, saturnine Powell always remained. Michael Gorra, WSJ, "‘Anthony Powell: Dancing to the Music of Time’ Review: Life’s Mysterious Patterned Way," 1 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of moody

Adjective

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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moody

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of moody

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

moody

adjective
\ ˈmü-dē \
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

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