\ 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

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Other Words from moody


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

Synonyms for moody

Synonyms: Adjective

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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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First Known Use of moody


1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Oct 2021

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“Moody.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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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

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