Definition of broody in English:



  • 1(of a hen) inclined to incubate eggs.

    • ‘Once the broody hen starts tending them, if you help her out by keeping stray eggs out.’
    • ‘A hazardous slick of broken eggs caused traffic chaos on Thursday after a truck carrying thousands of broody hens lost its load.’
    • ‘The birds are looking distinctly broody, and there's been a pair of over-sexed hedge sparrows doing a bit of heavy courting outside my window all day long.’
    • ‘It is best to leave the broody hen with other hens for only one or two days.’
    • ‘Smallholder Jack Bunn can vouch for the freshness of Tesco's free range eggs after putting one under a broody hen - and hatching a fluffy chick.’
    • ‘There's also the oddly neurotic clucking a broody chicken makes when emerging from her nest to drink, which prompts the other hens to aggressively chase her back to the communal clutch of eggs.’
    • ‘Biscuit the pet hen was acting rather broody… but there wasn't an egg in sight for her to sit on.’
    • ‘He watched over his subordinates like a broody hen - when he noticed someone weakening, he would order extra hot milk all around, without revealing who needed it the most.’
    • ‘He found two dozen eggs that morning and one hen that was broody and wouldn't let him near her nest without threatening to peck him.’
    • ‘Those of us who were close to her saw clearly that Madalyn loved and defended her children with the intensity and ferocity of a broody hen and could never understand or recover from the loss of her older son William.’
    • ‘Nest boxes with flip-up roosts that double as door blockers are good, as they allow you to shut the girls out when egg-laying is done for the day, preventing the nests from getting soiled by sleeping hens or being taken over by broody hens.’
    • ‘Often a broody cockatiel hen ready to lay eggs will tear paper at the bottom of her cage to prepare a bare, hollow impression for her eggs.’
    1. 1.1informal (of a person) having a strong desire to have a baby.
      ‘my sister had a baby and I suddenly realized what it is to feel broody’
      • ‘Lisa and Simon are getting more and more broody about their baby but are trying not to mention it too often because they're not sure whether Faye is pregnant or not.’
      • ‘Chrissie, Big Den's wife, is feeling broody and wants a kid.’
      • ‘New figures show the region has the most broody homosexual couples in Britain - and the highest proportion who want to take part in special ‘wedding’ ceremonies.’
      • ‘Lopez admitted that she had been feeling broody in June this year.’
      • ‘This is because in the mind of the broody, hormone-crazed woman, a deep voice like White's indicates long-term health and higher reproductive success.’
      • ‘The broody redhead has always been dissatisfied with her slim figure and claimed pregnancy would finally give her the shape she dreams of.’
      • ‘He is a poetical soul and, on the sea voyage to India, he falls for a broody girl in Cape Town looking to get pregnant.’
      • ‘Pitt had also become increasingly broody and even had a nursery built in their Beverly Hills mansion ready for an infant.’
      • ‘The newest addition, a small, 12 year old wire haired terrier, arrived at the behest of my partner who is obviously going through one of those strange broody phases that often occur with women of a certain age.’
      • ‘The idea that there's a ticking time bomb inside all women, making us desperate, obsessed, and broody - its just horrendous.’
      • ‘Just because I have the accessory of a broody person (someone else's baby, cute as a button), it doesn't, necessarily follow that I'm desperate for one of my own.’
      • ‘She said: ‘I adore children and am feeling very broody.’’
      • ‘Then we had Kylie Minogue, pouting Australian mother-of-none but definitely getting broody, revealing her shock at the flesh-exposing antics of the younger generation of Britneys and Christinas.’
      • ‘The sexy actress, who is romancing director's assistant Cash Warren, has confessed she is getting broody after looking after her friends' children.’
      • ‘My friend on the other hand, is very broody and wants to go to university to find a nice man to marry and have children with and that is her principal aim (of course she also wants the degree and the experience, but she very much wants a man).’
  • 2Engaging in or arising from deep thought.

    ‘his broody concern for the future’
    • ‘We were broody and moody together when I was 15, and I still know all the words.’
    • ‘Grant's counterpoint, Colin Firth, is all-out broody repression - he is never better than when he is uptight.’
    • ‘But if you're from the north's ragged archipelagos, where winter and summer extremes compete to send people mad, then you stand a great chance of turning out music that is as intensely dark and broody as Grit.’
    • ‘He is as much of an anglophile in his pop obsessions as fellow young broody Yank Pete Yorn, the intro to Puppets boasting a Peter Hook bass line that New Order would not throw out the studio.’
    • ‘I was tempted to visit to see if there were any tall, broody types in long black overcoats, but with the number of these things which turn up during the year I think I'm getting clown fatigue.’
    • ‘Regardless of the absence of broody hero Roy and the rest of the boys in Green, you'll find something to tickle your fancy.’
    • ‘Goffman is claiming here that interiority is a provisional back-of-backstage identity wholly concerned with preparations for, or broody post-mortems of, front-stage performances of the socialized, theatrical self.’
    • ‘Because, I have looked into a panoramic view of those deep broody eyes a million times over the last few years.’
    • ‘As ever it is the slow smouldering songs that are most effective, with piano driven ‘The Dance’ one of those tumbling broody ballads that nobody does better.’
    • ‘Most often it doesn't and he goes all sullen and broody, muttering about fussy neighbours and piling even more garden waste on the smoking heap.’
    • ‘Finlin is a compelling story teller, with ‘Postcard From Topeka’ perhaps the pick of a convincing bunch of colourful, broody tales boasting a taut plot so deep and mysterious you could lose yourself in the lines for days.’
    • ‘Of the men in this fellowship, both Mortensen and Bean accomplish their characters, with Mortensen delivering a broody and enigmatic warrior Strider and Bean creating a conflicted Boromir.’
    • ‘By 1995 she was reportedly earning £1m a year and going steady with Depp, the broody star of Edward Scissorhands.’