moodier; moodiest
: subject to depression : gloomy
: subject to moods : temperamental
: expressive of a mood
moodily adverb
moodiness noun

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.
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Word History

First Known Use

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of moody was in 1593

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Cite this Entry

“Moody.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


moodier; moodiest
: frequently influenced by moods
especially : affected by changeable and gloomy moods or bad temper
: expressing a mood
a moody face
moodily adverb
moodiness noun

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Moo·​dy ˈmü-dē How to pronounce Moody (audio)
Dwight Lyman 1837–1899 American evangelist

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