\ 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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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 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

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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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