Definition of moody in English:

moody

adjective

  • 1(of a person) given to unpredictable changes of mood, especially sudden bouts of gloominess or sullenness.

    ‘his moody adolescent brother’
    • ‘Rewinding to the beginning of her own story, we find an averagely moody teenager not doing well at school.’
    • ‘I didn't know why I was so moody and inclined to anger towards Will, but I couldn't help it.’
    • ‘He also didn't seem paralysed, and while he was oddly moody in his last weeks, nothing seemed physically wrong.’
    • ‘She's childish, sullen, moody and volatile, prone to outbursts of jealousy, weeping, rage and laughter.’
    • ‘Come to think of it, she was extra moody yesterday after she came back from lunch with Casey!’
    • ‘He was moody lately but somehow he just could not shrug off the black cloud that was hovering over him.’
    • ‘I can be extremely moody when in close contact with one other person.’
    • ‘It was probably either a misunderstanding or she was moody for another, unrelated reason.’
    • ‘We tend to fuss and complain about it, we are moody and irritable: it can get scary even for us.’
    • ‘Ruth is always moody when she's cleaning, it make me wonder why she took this job in the first place.’
    • ‘She was moody and grumpy while her parents made their best efforts to be cheerful.’
    • ‘He can be quite moody - a lot of people are very loyal to him but a lot of other people found him very frustrating.’
    • ‘I love her, but at the moment she's moody, distant and unreachable.’
    • ‘He's really not a bad catch at all, she thought, but of course, he's moody and mean too.’
    • ‘The Christmas season was upon us and all I had was my disowned sister and moody boyfriend.’
    • ‘He was miserable and moody, frustrated and just plain rude, insulting anyone who gave him the slightest reason.’
    • ‘They bend backwards to please guests some of whom are very grumpy, moody and complain about anything.’
    • ‘She says that she is very moody and goes from laughing to swearing in seconds.’
    • ‘For the next two days she was moody and irritable, and each night she drank herself to sleep.’
    • ‘The smell in the wards and the moody patients made him keep his distance and caused him to lose his appetite for lunch.’
    unpredictable, temperamental, emotional, volatile, capricious, changeable, mercurial, unstable, fickle, flighty, inconstant, undependable, unsteady, erratic, fitful, impulsive
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    1. 1.1 Giving an impression of melancholy or mystery.
      ‘grainy film which gives a soft, moody effect’
      • ‘They're equally comfortable with energetic rock as they are with slow, moody and melancholy tunes.’
      • ‘The postcard itself was a moody affair, a dark sepia scene of a cityscape that was gloom itself.’
      • ‘It's dark and moody, yet one of the most impressive releases so far this year.’
      • ‘It's a moody album that has a definite dark edge which actually translates really well onstage.’
      • ‘More than other parrot species, Amazons are well known for their strong or often moody characters.’
      • ‘The great voice talent, moody score, and zippy sound effects work well together.’
      • ‘The locale is timeless, exotic and mysterious, and the light moody and evocative.’
      • ‘However, this is a great album, very dark at times, and moody and atmospheric throughout.’
      • ‘Blacks and shadow have great depth and detail with none of the moody lighting or fog effects lost.’
      • ‘Even songs like The Joker sound moody and soulful.’
      • ‘The lighting also adds to the stage show feel with scorching searchlights and moody spots, used to great effect for the real deep blues numbers.’
      • ‘She merely offered him a moody look, eyes dark, expression dour.’
      • ‘There was lots of moody piano, haunting baselines and dark, jazzy, horn-filled grooves.’
      • ‘The single large figure sprawls diagonally across the canvas in dark, moody browns and blues.’
      • ‘Dark and moody, these compositions provided the blueprint for his first main solo project.’
      • ‘We begin in a dark, moody place, and proceed to brood for three-quarters of an hour.’
      • ‘The poem touches on loss, and has its own moody tinge, but an unmitigated sadness is not the effect.’

Origin

Old English mōdig ‘brave or wilful’ (see mood, -y).

Pronunciation

moody

/ˈmuːdi/