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

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The classy, relaxed space has gotten a remodel, which includes moody green interiors; wood tables; chic lighting; and copper accents to match the bar. Chelsea Davis, Forbes, 31 Dec. 2022 Velvet can make a space feel moody, yet high-end and cozy. Jennifer Carmichael, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Oct. 2022 Nestled under a bridge in Dallas’ Harwood District is Magnolias Sous Le Pont, a moody French coffee shop with herringbone floors and seasonal drinks like the salted caramel mocha and lavender latte. Dallas News, 28 Sep. 2022 Ca Momi was dark and moody, but Scala is bright and white with pops of blue to create an elegant Mediterranean ambiance. Jess Lander, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Dec. 2022 This moody Russian living room uses minimal color and maximum pattern to achieve a dark, modern vibe. Anna Fixsen, ELLE Decor, 20 Dec. 2022 The space itself is quite moody, with low lighting emphasizing the subterranean nature of the bar. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 30 Sep. 2022 That’s how Tim Burton described the key combatants in his 1989 blockbuster, which created the template for the modern superhero film — one in which darkness, vivid production design, and moody characters would reign supreme. Tim Grierson, Vulture, 22 Mar. 2021 Unlike the moody overcast skies of Friday, a bit more sun is expected to creep through the clouds Saturday. Caroline Silva, ajc, 26 Nov. 2022 See More

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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 30 Jan. 2023.

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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