adjective, mood·i·er, mood·i·est.

  1. given to gloomy, depressed, or sullen moods; ill-humored.
  2. proceeding from or showing such a mood: a moody silence.
  3. expressing or exhibiting sharply varying moods; temperamental.

adjective moodier or moodiest

  1. sullen, sulky, or gloomy
  2. temperamental or changeable


  1. Dwight Lyman. 1837–99, US evangelist and hymnodist, noted for his revivalist campaigns in Britain and the US with I. D. Sankey

n.Old English modignes “pride, passion, anger;” see moody + -ness. Meaning “condition of being moody” is from 1858. adj.Old English modig “brave, proud, high-spirited, impetuous, arrogant,” from Proto-Germanic *modago- (cf. Old Saxon modag, Dutch moedig, German mutig, Old Norse moðugr); see mood (1) + -y (2). Meaning “subject to gloomy spells” is first recorded 1590s (via a Middle English sense of “angry”). adj.

  1. Given to frequent changes of mood; temperamental.
  2. Subject to periods of depression; sulky.
  3. Expressive of a mood, especially a sullen or gloomy mood.

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