AskDefine | Define moody

Dictionary Definition

moody adj
1 showing a brooding ill humor; "a dark scowl"; "the proverbially dour New England Puritan"; "a glum, hopeless shrug"; "he sat in moody silence"; "a morose and unsociable manner"; "a saturnine, almost misanthropic young genius"- Bruce Bliven; "a sour temper"; "a sullen crowd" [syn: dark, dour, glowering, glum, morose, saturnine, sour, sullen]
2 subject to sharply varying moods; "a temperamental opera singer" [syn: temperamental]


1 United States tennis player who dominated women's tennis in the 1920s and 1930s (born in 1906) [syn: Helen Wills Moody, Helen Wills, Helen Newington Wills]
2 United States evangelist (1837-1899) [syn: Dwight Lyman Moody] [also: moodiest, moodier]

User Contributed Dictionary



Old English mōdiġ ‘brave’, from Germanic. Cognate with Dutch moedig, German mutig, Swedish modig.



  1. Given to sudden or frequent changes of mind; temperamental
  2. sulky or depressed
  3. dour, gloomy or brooding


Given to sudden or frequent changes of mind; temperamental
sulky or depressed
dour, gloomy or brooding

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moody in German: Moody
moody in French: Moody
moody in Dutch: Moody
moody in Japanese: ムーディ
moody in Polish: Moody
moody in Volapük: Moody

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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