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

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Synonyms: Adjective


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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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Night Watch, a moody green-gray, ultimately took the title, but Golden Field — a dramatic mustard yellow — was a strong second. Washington Post, "Hello, yellow: Home decor’s upbeat hue should be used right," 3 July 2019 Influenced by time spent living in Lisbon and traveling in Latin America and Europe, the music flirts between peppy, moody intrigue and unnecessarily grating detours. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Paradox of Madonna’s Gun-Control Music Video," 3 July 2019 As a result, Michaelson is deploying some moody synths—nothing as intense as jarring as S U R V I V E, the band that actually wrote the Stranger Things theme song—and some deliciously '80s beats. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Sound On: The Best Albums of June 2019," 1 July 2019 This is not a version that cares all that much about a certain famously moody Dane. Mark Feeney,, "With ‘Hamlet,’ to film or not to film hasn’t been much of a question," 27 June 2019 Cancer is a moody water sign associated with the home. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "How to Use This Month's Mercury Retrograde to Your Advantage," 27 June 2019 Among them were Grint and Felton, who played loveable red-head Ron Weasley and nefarious moody Draco Malfoy, respectively. Alison Wild,, "Harry Potter stars Rupert Grint and Tom Felton on if — and how — they'd return to the wizarding world," 13 June 2019 One of the stars is the royal blue sectional from Restoration Hardware in the theater room, which boasts a moody hue that’s fairly different from the rest of the home. Nikhita Mahtani, House Beautiful, "You'd Never Guess This Home Was Designed in Just One Month," 5 June 2019 The Quiraing walk on the Isle of Skye is an otherworldly, moody hike featuring unusual rock formations and breathtaking views. Deborah Doyle, National Geographic, "Hiking Off the Beaten Path in Scotland," 8 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of moody


1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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